LePage Executive Order Follows Rebuff of Special Session
Maine Gov. Paul LePage has issued an executive order to pay for several unfunded bills after lawmakers rejected his call for a special session.
The Republican governor announced Monday that he plans to draw from the Low-Cost Drugs for Maine's Elderly Program and Fund for a Healthy Maine, and to tap savings generated from mental health institutions' cost-saving measures including a hiring freeze.
He contends there's no funding for a $75,000 needle exchange program and an up-to-$100,000 ambulance study. LePage also disagrees with funding sources for raises at state mental health institutions and also $2.4 million in county jail funding.
House Speaker Mark Eves, a Democrat, said the governor was "creating election-year turmoil to accomplish what he couldn't in the Legislature."