Lawmakers Negotiate Budget 

Maine lawmakers spent Sunday hammering out details of the state budget.The weekend session for the Appropriations Committee signaled a quickening of the pace of negotiations.Committee members gathered at noon and immediately broke offinto partisan caucuses.The Governor’s top budget aide said Friday that lawmakers who have been working to bridge a two-year budget gap once estimated at $340 million will probably soon face a new shortfall of close to $600 million more.The state Revenue Forecasting Committee is expected to lower its projections substantially this week.