Maine Budget Committee Holds Meeting 

Some members of the Maine Legislature’s budget-writing committee say they were surprised by the projected funding shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services, but the DHHS commissioner says lawmakers had plenty of warning. The Appropriations Committee held a State House meeting Sunday to ask Mary Mayhew about her department’s financial issues. Mayhew told Gov. Paul LePage on Friday that DHHS will run out of money to pay Medicaid providers in three weeks, before a new budget goes into effect. LePage then called on Democratic leaders to approve a budget so the state can meet its obligations. Several Democratic committee members told Mayhew they were caught off guard by the timing of the upcoming shortfall, but she said her department’s given ample warning that more money would be needed.