Governor Vetoes Hospital/Medicaid Bill 

The Maine Senate gave final approval to a bill to pay off a $484 million debt to Maine hospitals and expand Medicaid. The Senate passed the bill by a 20-15 vote Thursday and sent it to Gov. Paul LePage, who immediately vetoed it. After the Senate vote, Democratic leaders urged Mainers to contact their legislators and ask them to override LePage’s veto of the bill, which is expected to come up next Tuesday. LePage and the Republicans strongly object to the part of the bill that expands Medicaid, saying that wasn’t analyzed sufficiently and should be considered separately. Democrats call paying the hospitals and expanding Medicaid to about 70,000 Mainers a win-win for the state.