Maine’s state government partly shut down with the start of the fiscal year today after lawmakers couldn’t agree on a new budget.
Some parts of the state government are shut down, but some parts aren’t.
For example, the state said it would continue to pay most benefits administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Governor Paul LePage said in a statement. That includes welfare payments and limited unemployment benefits.
Emergency services also will remain operational, the governor’s office said. State parks also are open, including Baxter State Park.
The governor’s statement included a list of what offices and services will remain open.
LePage declared a civil emergency that took effect at 12:01 a.m. today and runs until it is rescinded or 5 p.m Monday, whichever is earlier. The emergency declaration allows the governor to establish which parts of the government will remain open.
LePage said the civil emergency could be renewed.
He also said the state government has money to pay for some services.
“This is only because of the strong fiscal management we have implemented over the past seven years,” he said in the statement.
Other services that will remain open include:
• Medicaid payment are scheduled to be made Wednesday.
• Child care subsidy and child welfare payments also will be made Wednesday.
• The Office of Child and Family Servies will remain operational.
• Corretional facilities will remain operational.
• State ferry service
• The Bureau of Veterans’ Services will have limited staff.