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Baldacci Orders Curtailments 

Governor Baldacci is ordering Maine state departments to curtail $63 million in spending to help balance the budget.Preliminary estimates showed a shortfall in the two-year budgetapproaching $400 million, or nearly 7 percent.The governor’s order is in effect until the Legislature returns inJanuary for its 2010 session and modifies the budget. Lawmakers passed a budget this year that cut spending by $500 million,giving Maine the first budget in three decades that was smallerthan the previous one.As he issued the order, Baldacci pledged not to support increased taxes to close the budget gap. He plans to submit to lawmakers a budget reflecting the plunging revenues next month.More on TV5 News at 5 and 6 tonight.