Maine governor halts vacation plans amid shutdown
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Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R) told state lawmakers was taking a 10-day vacation amid a state government shutdown, but his spokeswoman later said he's not going, the Portland Press Herald reported Monday.

Lawmakers told the paper that LePage had called them to inform them of his vacation plans, but spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett on Monday night said the governor would not be going away.

He "will not be leaving,” she wrote in an email to the paper.

The governor had earlier called state Senate President Michael Thibodeau and Sen. Roger Katz to notify them of his departure, Thibodeau spokeswoman Krysta West told the paper. West, who said her boss alerted her about the call, said LePage did not disclose his whereabouts or where he intended to go. 

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Katz also told the news outlet that he had received a “very cordial call” from LePage, who said he planned to leave the state Tuesday as the state's Legislature continues to battle over budget negotiations amid a state government shutdown.

The lawmaker added, according to the Press Herald, that LePage reiterated that he would sign a budget measure if it removed the proposed lodging tax that's become a stumbling block. 

“But he was leaving tomorrow for around 10 days and if we didn’t [strip out the lodging tax], he would not sign it and we would remain shut down for 10 days,” Katz said of his earlier conversation.

LePage's alleged vacation plans come after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) is receiving backlash for vacationing on a beach while other state beaches were closed after the state Legislature failed to pass a budget.