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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.
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.
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.
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.
He later apologized.