The Maine Legislature’s budget-reviewing
committee has approved a spending package for the current fiscal
year that closes a gap that’s grown to $166 million.
Legislative leaders say the Appropriations Committee voted
unanimously to OK a plan to balance the budget for the year ending
in June. The committee’s recommendation now goes to the full
Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell says the budget contains
difficult cuts to almost all areas of government. But Mitchell says
that while the pain is shared, state government remains can carry
out its fundamental missions.
Gov. John Baldacci congratulated the committee for completing
its work in a bipartisan fashion.
Lawmakers must later turn their attention to the budget for the
two years starting July 1.