AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A Maine panel has approved a measure that would restore $40 million in revenue sharing for the state's cities and towns.
Majority Democratic lawmakers on the Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the measure without Republican lawmakers present late Monday, drawing swift criticism from the GOP.
The measure would be funded through new revenue the state is now projected to receive, about $21 million from Maine's rainy-day fund and $4 million from a fund that saves for future income tax decreases.
Democratic Sen. Dawn Hill of York, co-chair of the committee, says Republicans chose not to come in to vote on the bill.
But Senate Republican Leader Michael Thibodeau of Winterport says committee members were told the vote was taking place Tuesday and were shocked to learn the vote had taken place.
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