- Associated Press - Saturday, June 13, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine legislative leaders are spending their weekend trying to finalize a budget deal that will keep state government open at the end of the month.

The top lawmakers in the House and Senate are working furiously to work out a budget agreement that can earn the two-thirds support in each chamber it needs to go into law.

House Republicans say they won’t support a spending plan voted out of the Appropriations Committee last week because it doesn’t include income tax cuts or changes to welfare programs. Gov. Paul LePage has also insisted that a final budget plan lowers taxes.

Democratic leaders say they’re pushing to ensure that any tax cut deal mostly benefits the middle class.

Lawmakers have until June 30 to pass a budget and prevent a government shutdown.

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