LePage: Government Shutdown Is Over

Maine Gov. Paul LePage says the state government shutdown is over.

The state Legislature overwhelmingly passed a $7.1 billion budget early Tuesday. The Republican governor then tweeted: "The Maine state government shutdown is now over. Happy Fourth of July.''

LePage also tweeted a picture of himself signing the bill. The state's government shut down on Saturday morning after lawmakers failed to approve a two-year budget.

Maine Democratic Party Chair Phil Bartlett said that he is happy to see the end of shutdown. "I am proud Democrats refused to let Republicans use the government shutdown to further cut education funding," said Bartlett in a statement.

He added that the final budget makes the biggest investment in education in the history of Maine. 

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