AUGUSTA – Maine’s government shutdown ended around 1 a.m. Tuesday and Governor Paul LePage signed the state budget.
Tweeting out “I have signed the budget with no tax increase. I thank the republicans for standing strong for the Maine people.”
Early this morning legislators reached a budget agreement. The House and Senate both voted in favor of an amendment from the committee or conference.
The amendment eliminates a $20 million lodging tax, a tax that the governor made clear he would veto if it wasn’t taken out.
The agreement would remove this 1.5 percent tax increase in exchange for funding for $575,000 to the Head Start Program.
This money will come out of the Federal Block Grant for TANF with no further cuts to DHHS mental health services.