Protestors Swarm State House 

More than 500 demonstrators jammed the Maine State House to protest cuts in the Baldacci administration budget, which seeks to make up for a $438 million shortfall without raising taxes. Tuesday’s demonstration in a cavernous hall outside Gov. John Baldacci’s office was held as a legislative committee continues hearings to review social service cuts proposed in the two-year budget. Robin Paradis (PAH-ruh-dee) of Lewiston, said services she receives to help deal with a brain injury would be reduced if the budget passes. Some favored tax increases to save those and other services. Participants at a small counter protest said they agree with the governor’s no-tax increase stand and say more taxes would take away jobs.