AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - In a session marked by fiercely partisan battles between Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic lawmakers, both sides can claim some major victories and some significant losses.
Lawmakers went home this week, leaving behind a session that brought fear of a government shutdown, dozens of vetoed bills and squabbles over a television set. They are expected to return this fall.
Until then, Democrats can celebrate perhaps the biggest win of the session with approval of the $6.3 billion, two-year budget opposed by LePage because it contains tax increases.
But LePage and Republicans came out on top in many other debates.
The GOP blocked nearly 80 bills, including one of the Democrats' top priorities, a bill to expand health care coverage to 70,000 Mainers under the federal health care overhaul.
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