Bangor Officials to Protest State Cuts 

A Bangor official says Gov. Paul LePage’s two-year budget could force the city to increase its budget to help people in need by $610,000 and force the city to raise local taxes. Bangor Health and Community Services Director Shawn Yardley says the city is required by law to provide the assistance and more people are seeking it. General assistance is for people struggling with finances or waiting to receive federal subsidies. It’s administered by municipalities but funded in part by the state The LePage administration is considering a plan to reduce state reimbursement for general assistance in large communities from 90 percent to 75 percent. Yardley says next year’s projected increase would add 15 cents to the tax rate. (AP)