It’s designed to bridge a $166,000,000 gap between projected revenue and spending through the end of the current fiscal year.
The measure, which includes cuts in services and a $56,000,000 withdrawal from the state’s Rainy Day Fund, was approved Tuesday by in both chambers.
Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell praised lawmakers for working in a bipartisan manner to pass a budget that makes tough cuts across state government but retains essential services that Maine people rely on.
The Legislature now shifts its focus to Governor Baldacci’s proposed $6.1 billion budget for the two years starting July 1.
That budget seeks to bridge an $838,000,000 gap between revenues and spending.