School, Opioid Crisis Funding in Limbo in Maine

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Maine lawmakers and Gov. Paul LePage are blaming each other for legislative inaction during the run-up to a crucial campaign season.

No action has been taken on funding for nursing homes, schools or the opioid crisis or numerous other issues. Lawmakers have passed about 100 laws this year, most of them minor.

Several Republican and Democratic lawmakers say legislative inaction won't lead to crisis. But advocates and citizens who have protested at the Statehouse in recent months say important issues are being ignored, creating uncertainty.

A TurboTax spokeswoman has dismissed concerns that Maine taxpayers who use such online programs could find themselves unable to use it for state returns.

Lawmakers have not acted on more than $20 million in funding to continue raises for direct care workers.

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