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For Immediate Release

Date: 05/01/14

House Votes to Make Budget Bill Law

GOP shares Gov's concerns, points to budget's benefits

AUGUSTA - The Maine House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to override Governor Paul Lepage's veto of LD 1858, the $30 million supplemental budget for Fiscal Year 2015. The budget was originally enacted with a vote of 136-8 and its veto was overridden with a vote of 134-12.

House Republican Leader Ken Fredette of Newport issued the following statement.

"While I share Governor LePage's concerns with the budget's funding mechanism, I believe there is more good than bad in this bill. Republicans have fought for months to ensure at our nursing homes and wait lists for disabled Mainers are funded, and the budget accomplishes that by using funding at would have gone to able-bodied adults under Medicaid expansion. That's a solid step toward resetting the priorities of our welfare system."

Assistant House Republican Leader Alex Willette of Mapleton issued the following statement.

"Governor LePage is rightly concerned about some parts of this budget, but the bill takes an important step forward in reprioritizing Maine's welfare system for the elderly and disabled as opposed to able-bodied young adults like me."

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