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AUGUSTA, Maine - As a 24-hour deadline looms over the state budget, Maine's chief executive finds himself increasingly isolated. Lawmakers are calling for an investigation that they say could trigger impeachment proceedings, and a citizens' rally has been scheduled for Tuesday at the State House.

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AUGUSTA, Maine - The state's Government Oversight Committee is being formally asked by Republican, independent and Democratic lawmakers to launch an investigation into whether the LePage administration has "crossed legal or ethical lines" in getting Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves dismissed from his new job.

AUGUSTA, Maine - As promised, Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed the $6.7 billion two-year state budget, saying it does not meet the goals he set for the budget last January.

LePage says it has too much spending and not enough tax cuts, and for the first time a veto message to lawmakers includes pictures to illustrate the governor's objections.

AUGUSTA, Maine - For the first time since being accused of orchestrating the firing of Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves as president of the Good Will-Hinckley school in Fairfield, Gov. Paul LePage is speaking out about it, and defending his actions.

AUGUSTA, Maine - A Republican state senator wants the Legislature's oversight committee to launch an investigation into whether Gov. Paul LePage "crossed legal or ethical lines'' by meddling in a charter school's personnel matters.

Sen. Tom Saviello asked the Government Oversight Committee on Monday to look into Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves' claims that LePage threatened to withhold funds from Good Will-Hinckley unless they remove him as president there. Good Will-Hinckley operates Maine's first charter school.