Augusta Republicans Say They Were Duped By Democrats 

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine Republicans are calling Democratic lawmakers’ committee vote without GOP members present an “unprecedented breach of trust.”

They’re criticizing Democrats for voting late Monday in the Appropriations Committee on a bill that would restore $40 million in revenue sharing for the state’s cities and towns. No Republican committee members were present for the vote.

Democrats say Republicans were told Monday that the committee would vote on the bill and those members chose not to be present.

But Rep. Kathy Chase of Wells says that Republicans left Monday under the impression that the committee’s work was done for the day and that work on the bill would continue Tuesday.

The spat comes hours before lawmakers will join to listen to Republican Gov. Paul LePage’s third State of the State address.