A tentative agreement is in place for a new state budget

Published: Jul. 3, 2017 at 10:59 PM EDT
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It looks like Maine lawmakers have reached a tentative agreement on a new budget that could end the state government shutdown.

Governor Paul LePage and Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon agreed to eliminate the 1.5-percent lodging tax hike that was holding up the latest budget deal.

In return, the spending plan will include more funding for Head Start programs and mitigate proposed cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Lawmakers still have several procedural hurdles to clear before they can finally approve a budget to reopen state government. That work is continuing Monday night, and will likely spill over into Tuesday morning.

The Maine House of Representatives cast a key vote Monday night designed to set in motion a chain of events that can bring the new budget accord up for a vote.

The shutdown began on Saturday morning.