Protests in Augusta continued as the state government shutdown entered its third day. And Gov. Paul LePage has announced that he will allow state employees to take administrative leave with pay for Monday, July 3.

Governor LePage has announced he will administratively close most state offices for today. According to this means once the budget issues are sorted out and if it is retroactive to July 1st, workers will be paid for July 3rd. State offices were scheduled to be closed for the 4th of July.

A state budget was worked out on July 2  to be voted on by the Maine House and Senate today (July 3) and does include some things objectionable to Governor LePage. reports LePage has said he would wait a full 10 days to act on any budget that includes a tax increase.