Maine Union Seeks Government Shutdown Talks 

The union representing Maine state employees has requested a meeting with the administration of Gov. Paul LePage to discuss preparations for an “inevitable” shutdown of state government. The Maine State Employees Association on Monday invoked a statutory requirement that the administration meet with union leaders within 10 days to bargain the terms of a shutdown, which could occur if the Legislature and LePage fail to enact a two-year state budget by the start of the next fiscal year on July 1 The Republican governor proposed a $6.3 billion budget in January. The budget remains stalled in the Democrat-controlled Legislature. LePage’s spokeswoman tells The Portland Press Herald, the governor has proposed a balanced budget and the administration has given no order to form a strategy for a government shutdown.