State Budget Latest 

A Maine state budget that’s been rewritten to close a $310,000,000 gap will be up for a vote this week in the house and senate. While the gap is large, it’s much smaller than the $438,000,000 shortfall forecast in January.The bill comes to the house and senate with unanimous support of the appropriations committee. With that strong bipartisan support, debate is expected to be minimal when the budget hits the two chambers Monday or Tuesday.Improved revenues and federal allocations reduce the depth of cuts that had been targeted for two of maine’s largest agencies.A $68,000,000 cut proposed for health and human services is reduced to $22,000,000 in the new budget, and the $73,000,000 cuts to public schools is trimmed to $22,000,000.