AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Democratic leaders and union representatives are criticizing Maine Gov. Paul LePage for not being open about what actions he intends to take under his civil emergency proclamation.
The Republican governor proclaimed a civil emergency Wednesday, allowing him to suspend laws and regulations to better manage the impact the federal government shutdown is having on the state.
LePage says his goal is to get unemployment benefits to furloughed workers as quickly as possible.
But Democratic leaders say the civil emergency is an unnecessary overreach. Democrats and the Maine State Employees Association say LePage needs to be clear about what he plans to do with this power.
LePage met with Republican and Democratic leaders on Thursday to discuss the financial problems the state faces as the federal government continues.