- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - The Latest on the Maine Legislature’s vote on a $18 million spending package (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

Republicans in the Maine House are blocking a proposed $18 million spending package.

The Democratic-controlled House on Tuesday night voted 82-66 to pass the measure, but the vote fell short of the 102 votes needed to override an expected veto from Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

It was a different matter in the Republican-controlled Senate, which an hour before had passed the measure in an initial 31-4 vote.

The spending plan includes $7 million for pay raises for state law enforcement officers and $2.5 million for county jails.

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5:15 p.m.

The Maine Legislature is poised to pass an $18 million spending package, but it may lack the votes to overcome an expected veto by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

Lawmakers planned to vote Tuesday night after LePage swore in Sen.-elect Susan Deschambault. LePage had cancelled the newly elected senator’s swearing-in ceremony last Friday to punish Democrats who opposed his nomination for a state post. The Republican-controlled Senate responded by refusing to take any votes until Deschambault is seated.

The spending plan includes $7 million for pay raises for state law enforcement officers and $2.5 million for county jails. The plan would also transfer $44.5 million in surplus revenues to a rainy day fund.

House Republicans oppose any new spending and want to transfer $55.5 million to the rainy day fund.


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