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>> The state of Maine bracing for a government shutdown come midnight on Friday. Fiery Republican Governor Paul LePage vowing to close most government offices, if the state legislators final budget deal does not cut income taxes.>> I will tell you this, if they put a tax increase, ready for a shutdown.
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End of story.>> LePage warning in a Thursday radio interview that he'd shut down the government for the ten days. Maine law gives the governor to make a decision on whether to sign or veto the budget.>> I'd been talking to these people for six months, they've ignored, ignored, ignored.
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They're playing games, they're playing chicken at 100 miles an hour, and I'll telly you something, you wanna play chicken? Let's play chicken. LePage fresh off a visit with President Donald Trump this week said he would declare a state of civil emergency if a budget is not reached by midnight.
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Which would keep state police, prisons and park services open but would close most other aspects of state government. That would put the state with a heavily tourist dependent economy in a less than ideal situation at the start of the long fourth of July weekend. LePage a brash former businessman, an early Trump supported made national headlines last year after leaving an obscenity laced voicemail for a state law maker for who he believes called him a racist.
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He later apologized.