AUGUSTA – Maine lawmakers cast their vote Wednesday to extend the legislative session in order to continue working toward a budget deal.
While voting on a number of bills over the last few days, legislators still can’t agree on an agreeable budget.
Wednesday was the last day of regular session. Most lawmakers say adding extra days is not that uncommon.
Senator Nate Libby, D-Lewiston, said “We have statutory adjournment, which is kind of the date we set to finish our work, but it’s pretty common during a session when we’re trying to negotiate the budget to go past that end date.”
The session will be extended by five days. There are still major sticking points in budget negotiations, including disagreements over a 3 percent voter-approved tax that would fund public schools.
If the state does not pass a budget deal by June 30th, the government will shut down.