Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he’s sending layoff notices to 58 state employees in case of another federal government shutdown.
The Republican governor says that while a shutdown is unlikely, the union contract requires his office to “adhere to a rigid timeline” for notifying employees about layoffs. He says notices will start going out Monday afternoon.
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan congressional budget agreement last week. The Senate is poised to send the measure to President Barack Obama this week.
LePage says he opposed the shutdown in October and remains opposed to the possibility of another.
The Maine State Employees Association criticized LePage’s announcement of the notices. It says there’s no need for LePage to take action yet and that the notices will unnecessarily upset Maine state workers.