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Baldacci’s Plans 

Leaders of both Maine houses say they’re skeptical that Governor Baldacci’s proposed cigarette tax hike will pass.

House speaker Glenn Cummings and Senate president Beth Edmonds both say there hasn’t been much support from fellow state lawmakers regarding the three dollars a pack tax proposal, but they are leaving the door open to a smaller tax hike.

Meanwhile, the two leaders say they do expect some action on consolidating Maine’s school systems, but it won’t be exactly like what Governor Baldacci has proposed.

Both the governor and education commission Susan Gendron held a public forum in lewiston Wednesday night, to hear concerns about Baldacci’s consolidation plan.

A marathon public hearing on the various plans has been scheduled for February Fifth at the Augusta Civic Center.