Budget Passed 

The new budget is now on governor Baldacci’s desk, waiting for his signature.

The new budget, spearheaded by majority democrats, passed in the house Monday night, 84 to 55.

The vote in the senate was 18 to 17, as the midnight deadline closed in.

It dropped a hospital tax-and-match revision that republicans and Baldacci didn’t want.

The new version does reinstate some support for many health and human service agencies, but a 34 million dollar reduction in state aid to schools will become law.

Senate president Beth Edmonds says the legislature has worked to gather the best possible consensus for all maine people.

lawmakers had to act before midnight to make sure that a revised budget was in place by june 30th, which is the final day of the current fiscal year.