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LePage to union: 'You are lying' about possible gov't shutdown

2:36 PM, May 13, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is accusing the Maine State Employees Association of trying to scare people with talk of a possible government shutdown.

The union representing state workers warned in a letter May 6 that agencies were directed to prepare plans "for an inevitable shutdown."

The blunt-speaking Republican governor met with union representatives Monday and said he told the union's chief counsel that "you are lying."

LePage says there's no secret plan to prepare for a shutdown in the event legislators and the governor fail to agree on a budget plan. He said that if the Legislature fails to adopt his budget then the union should talk to lawmakers, not him.

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