- Associated Press - Monday, June 8, 2015

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Republican Gov. Paul LePage says he will introduce a temporary spending plan to ensure state government stays open if a budget isn’t in place by the end of the month.

LePage said Monday that he’ll introduce a 30-day continuing resolution so lawmakers can continue working on a budget after June 30.

The Appropriations Committee recently passed a spending plan, but House Republicans say they will defeat it because it doesn’t include income tax cuts or welfare changes.

LePage floated the idea of a continuing resolution in 2013. But Attorney General Janet Mills said the move would “throw the state into financial uncertainty.”

Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves said in a statement that legislative leaders hope to pass a two-year budget before a continuing resolution becomes necessary.

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