AUGUSTA, ME (AP) - Maine legislative leaders are no closer to a budget deal after an hours-long meeting over the weekend.
A state government shutdown could begin Independence Day weekend.
A major sticking point is an extra 3 percent tax on higher earners that voters approved in November to fund public K-12 classrooms.
House Republican Minority Leader Ken Fredette's spokesman said the caucus wants education reforms instead of a "pile of cash" for Maine's primary teachers union.
Fredette also wants the total budget below $7 billion in line with Republican Gov. Paul LePage's $6.8 billion, two-year proposal.
Republican Senate President Michael Thibodeau proposed eliminating the tax and providing part of the educational funding sought by Democrats.
Democratic House Speaker Sara Gideon's spokeswoman says such a deal would likely exceed $7 billion.
Thibodeau's spokesman said budget talks will continue Monday.