- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 21, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Members of the Maine Board of Corrections want state lawmakers to approve an emergency $2.5 million spending bill they say is needed to avoid furloughing inmates.

The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/1CgZLnJ ) reports the board’s outgoing executive director says the board would not be able to spend the money because Gov. Paul LePage has refused to appoint enough members for a quorum. The governor has said he doesn’t plan to nominate new members because he views the board as ineffective. The five-seat board has two members.

The board’s outgoing director says five jails are on track to run out of money before June 30. Rep. John Martin (D-Eagle Lake) says he has told Aroostook County jail administrators they should consider releasing inmates if LePage won’t appoint new members.

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