AUGUSTA — Maine Democrats are sharply criticizing Gov. Paul LePage for taking a weeklong trip to Jamaica while the legislative session is in its final weeks.

Democrats say the governor leaves Wednesday for his vacation — his second trip to Jamaica during a legislative session. This time, he leaves with just a few weeks left in the session and budgets, major Health and Human Services Department changes, public education, tax and energy issues are still unsettled.

Democrats said in a statement that LePage’s vacations show he’s out of touch with the needs of regular Maine people. Party chair Ben Grant says the governor is leaving town as the heat gets turned up.

A phone message left with LePage’s office was not immediately returned today.

Lawmakers are scheduled to adjourn April 18.

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