Supplemental Budget Approved 

(AP) – A key legislative committee has approved a supplemental budget for the fiscal year ending on June 30, 2007.

The Appropriations Committee voted unanimously today in favor of budget revisions that address funding in several departments of state government, most notably funds owed to Maine hospitals stretching back to the last decade.

House Speaker Glenn Cummings says the Appropriations Committee was able to do its work quickly, efficiently and in a bipartisan fashion. The Portland Democrat says that &quot:sets a very good tone for the session.&quot:

The supplemental budget is separate from Governor Baldacci’s proposed six-point-four billion dollar general fund budget for the two years starting next July First.

The supplemental budget includes 20 million dollars to help pay down a long-standing debt to Maine hospitals.

It also includes one-point-eight million dollars for the state’s share of flood relief for flooding in Canton and York County, and three million dollars for the University of Maine System to create a high-speed optical network.

The budget revisions now go to the House and Senate for their approval.