State Budget Passes House, Senate 

The Maine House and Senate have cast critical votes in favor of a state budget rewrite despite Governor Paul LePage’s objections, who said it did not cut welfare deeply enough. The two-year supplemental budget for the period ending in mid-2013 was approved Thursday evening in both chambers by wide enough margins to overcome a potential veto. It faces final votes Friday.The roughly $40 million budget would cut the state reimbursement for general assistance from the current maximum of 90 percent to 85 percent. The governor wanted to standardize the general assistance reimbursement rate at 50 percent.LePage says the general assistance cut should have been deeper because the program’s costs cannot be sustained. He called the budget “irresponsible” and said he could not support it.