AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Gov. Paul LePage has issued a proclamation declaring a civil emergency aimed at helping the administration minimize the effects of the partial federal government shutdown.
LePage said the federal shutdown not only affects more than 2,000 federally funded state employees it also impacts federally funded programs and services that Mainers rely upon.
He said “we did not create this mess” but said his administration is doing what it can to assist state workers and to allow programs and services to continue.
The proclamation signed Wednesday gives the administration more tools to deal with the shutdown.
Then-Gov. John Baldacci signed a similar proclamation in 2009 to deal with a flu epidemic. It allowed clinicians giving flu shots to become temporary employees of the state, protecting them from legal liability.