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Governor Baldacci is offering up $11.3 million dollars in spending cuts to meet a target set in the new $6.3 billion biennial state budget, but has stopped short of putting $30 million in cuts on the table as requested by the Appropriations Committee.
The Governor said his proposal would promote government streamlining and avoid new […]

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Gov. John Baldacci’s administration said Monday state government faces a potential gap of $570 million between available resources and anticipated demands for the next two-year budget cycle that begins in mid-2007.
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Maine Budget Sleepover

Democrats and Republicans pulled an all-nighter to reach unanimous agreement on the state’s 2007 supplemental budget early this morning. House Majority Leader Glenn Cummings said the frugal budget package will make crucial investments in the state, “The bipartisan plan dedicates most of our resources to providing access to affordable health care, investing in our […]

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Empire Falls was filmed in Maine and brought in $34 million bucks. Okay, I confess… I didn’t really like Empire Falls all that much, but I agree with the Governor that we need more production companies to film in Maine. See BDN
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Gov. John Baldacci has a sweeping agenda for 2006, from tax cuts to increased school funding to further health care reforms and initiatives to bolster Maine’s economy… See BDN
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Despite Gov. Baldacci’s mandate to cut travel to a bare minimum, State bureaucrats spent around $1.4 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2006 (officially last July) - a 20% increase from the previous quarter. Year-to-year comparisons, however, show a 9 percent drop in travel spending from fiscal 2004 to fiscal 2005. […]

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Supplemental budget requests in excess of $58 million will be turned down by the Governor Baldacci unless they include a way to pay for it. The Governor is preoccupied with making sure that no one “freezes to death this winter” while we wait for that apocalyptic global warming to kick in. See […]

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Republicans Nix the Veto

Republicans officially ended their campaign for a people’s veto of the Maine State budget. Would they do it again? Oh yeah… See Morning Sentinel
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“Everybody needs to share in the pain” according to Portland (D) Rep. Dudley, commenting on House approval of the Budget - Part 3 - which replaces borrowing with $250 million bucks in spending cuts and additional revenue, while preserving health insurance for 40,000 Mainers.
Final vote was 73-72. See Maine House Dems
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The Fat Tax

Democrats decided to preserve health insurance for 40,000 Mainers - raising corporate income taxes and cigarette taxes instead to cover the budget shortfall. There was the usual “smoking bad…bad smokers” diatribe.
Hmmm. Let’s step out for a quick one and talk about this shall we? Smokers are gradually becoming a powerful minority in […]

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Budget Deficit Up in Smoke

Democrats and republicans came up with $125 million in cuts before budget negotiations fell apart. Republicans wanted to eliminate eligibility to 40,000 Mainers currently enrolled in Dirigo Health and MaineCare figuring that they’d still get hospital services since it’s the law, but someone else would be picking up the tab. Democrats want […]

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Last year’s budget spat is costing the State $514,430 in OT, with most legislators taking the bait. Nearly all the Republicans, more than half the Democrats, two of the three unenrolled members and the Legislature’s lone Green Independent lawmaker accepted the checks, which averaged $3,775 each before taxes. Those refusing the payment are saying […]

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Cut 5% of the Bickering…

Democrats and Republicans are arguing over that 5% across-the-board budget cut, with each arguing that the other side is cutting the meat and keeping the bone. The average taxpayer is screaming for relief and reform. For proposed fat and lean see the KJ.
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Spend Me!

The Maine Heritage Policy Center has a groovy “Maine Spendometer” documenting the amount of money the State government has spent.
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Democratic lawmakers annoyed over the threat of a people’s veto have given republicans until May 13 to come up with a line-by-line alternative to the two-year budget adopted in late March. “The time for gamesmanship and political stunts is over,” Senate President Beth Edmonds, D-Freeport, said. “We have a lot of important business […]

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“Do you want to reject that part of the state budget authorizing bonds of up to $410 million to fund pension costs to be repaid from lottery, slot machine and other funds?”
Republicans were unable to pass an amendment striking a borrowing provision of $410 million dollars from the 2-year state budget that just passed prior […]

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Not everyone was happy, but the budget passed. See Bangor News
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Or something like that. In other words, he’s against raising taxes. See Morning Sentinel
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If you’re over 40, the schools you attended probably had a similar institutional look vaguely reminiscent of a Siberian prison camp or abandoned factory. LD 1138 would bring back those good old days by requiring all schools to be built from one blueprint (small, medium or large) to save on all those design costs […]

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The kayak registration fee is dead. Also DOA is the bump in the minimum fine for driving without a seatbelt from $60 to $212. (And why $212?!) And the shell game continues… ensuring that no matter what version of the budget gets passed, everyone will have to re-read the darn thing all over again to […]

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Kayak Sticker Shock

The State budget has passed… with a few unusual additions like a new fee/sticker rule for canoes and kayaks complete with a $500 fine for non-compliance. (Next thing you know they’ll be expecting me to get my car stickered.) Bangor Daily News has the overview.
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Governor Baldacci and the Maine Development Foundation announced $1,000,000 in grants to 121 municipalities seeking to become more efficient. By efficient we mean consolidating things like the needs of fire departments, joint recycling centers, even combining municipal accounting among towns. Good idea! See: State Grants to Help Towns Improve Efficiencies
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