(AP) The curtailments announced Wednesday are to make up for more than half of a budget shortfall of about $150 million through the end of June. Baldacci says a budget revision package he’ll present by Dec. 15 will account for the rest. He’s also promising yet another round of cuts in the next two-year budget.
Baldacci says Maine, like other states in New England and around the country, is feeling the impact of a national recession. The cuts affecting education will take a toll on state school subsidies, which could cause layoffs, overtime holds, combined bus routes and fewer field trips. Most of the human services cuts are reflected in accounting adjustments.