Budget package headed to Legislature for full vote

Posted May 25, 2009, at 10:18 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers were offered an extended holiday weekend to look at the lengthy and complicated general fund budget package that the Appropriations Committee has forwarded to the full Legislature for voting.

The measure was posted online Friday morning. House and Senate members will have until Tuesday morning at 10 a.m. to file requests for amendments.

The $5.8 billion rewrite of Gov. John Baldacci’s original proposal won unanimous support on the bipartisan Appropriations panel. Supermajorities of two-thirds or better in both the House and Senate will be needed for passage.

Meanwhile, with just weeks left in this year’s regular legislative session, lawmakers have reopened talks on a tax code overhaul.

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