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Maine House Upholds LePage's Veto of Medicaid Expansion Funding Bill

Robert F. Bukaty
Associated Press
Legislators push the yay or nay buttons while casting their votes the House Chamber, Wednesday, May 5, 2018, at the State House in Augusta, Maine.

AUGUSTA, Maine - The Maine House of Representatives Monday upheld Gov. Paul LePage's veto of a bill that would have funded voter-approved Medicaid expansion in Maine.

The vote was 85 to 60, not enough to reach the two-thirds threshold necessary to override the governor's veto.

Lawmakers are back in Augusta to consider about three-dozen bills LePage has vetoed, along with bonds and legislation held up by politics. 

The Republican governor has chastised lawmakers for trying to spend all of Maine's $141 million surplus funds. Meanwhile, the ongoing special session is costing Maine taxpayers roughly $40,000 per day.
LePage also wants lawmakers to slow down future voter-approved increases to the state's minimum wage. Such conservative efforts have failed this year, but LePage's proposal has become a bargaining chip.
Lawmakers are holding up widely supported tax code reform legislation and a bond package.

This story will be updated.