The battle over Medicaid in Maine continues.
Governor Paul LePage says massive Medicaid spending is crowding out funding for education and environmental protection.
He continues to push back against expanding the program under the Affordable Care Act.
The governor’s administration says money for things like oil spill response has been taken to fill budget holes caused in part by increased Medicaid spending.
Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves says LePage’s unpaid for tax cuts for the wealthy have cannibalized the budget and hurt the economy. The debate over medicaid expansion is likely to come down to the end of this legislative session.