Robert F. Bukaty | AP
By Michael Shepherd, BDN Staff
July 9, 2018 12:23 pm

Updated: July 9, 2018 4:03 pm

AUGUSTA, Maine — Republicans in the Maine House of Representatives on Monday upheld Gov. Paul LePage’s veto of a bill that would have provided startup funding for Medicaid expansion, guaranteeing for now that the issue will be solved in court.

It was one of the 23 of 43 LePage vetoes sustained by lawmakers Monday and the Republican’s latest successful veto on the issue of expanding Medicaid to 70,000 Mainers under the federal government. LePage vetoed expansion five times before 59 percent of voters made Maine the first state to pass it by referendum in 2017.

[Veto tracker: See how lawmakers deal with LePage’s latest bill rejection spree]

However, expansion hasn’t moved forward. The day after that election, LePage laid out a list of conditions that he said the Legislature had to meet before he’d allow expansion to happen, including funding it at a disputed cost estimate and not raising taxes or raiding

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