Wednesday February 16, 2011 | 03:36 PM

The emphasis in the House this week is on cutting, as House GOP leaders try to pass a spending measure for the rest of the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 slashing $61 billion.

But Rep.Mike Michaud, D-2nd, is touting the passage this afternoon, by a big and bipartisan 305-127 margin, that staves off a proposed $80 million cut to the Economic Development Administration.
Michaud says he made the addition without adding to the deficit because he took the money out of a Census program. He says that was warranted because the Economic Development Administration helps local communities in Maine and other states fund job-creating projects – while requiring those communities to kick in half the money and private sector money, as well.
 “We must cut spending to get our fiscal house in order,” Michaud said in a statement. “But at a time when our states, local communities and businesses continue to struggle, it’s the wrong time to be cutting programs that are proven job creators. Budgets are about priorities, and we must insist that our investments are focused on job creation.”

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