AUGUSTA — A Maine legislative panel is moving forward with its work to craft a supplemental budget without the help of Gov. Paul LePage.

The Appropriations Committee will hear public testimony starting Tuesday on a range of ideas being examined to fix shortfalls in the state’s $6.3 billion, two-year budget. The hearings are expected to last all week.

The ideas include increasing the cigarette tax by $1.50 and eliminating the sales tax exemption on purchases made by private colleges.

Governors typically introduce supplemental budgets that lawmakers will then amend. But LePage has said this year he won’t introduce a supplemental budget because lawmakers approved a spending plan last year that he didn’t like.

He vetoed that budget because it included tax increases, but lawmakers overturned the veto.


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