Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and his wife, Joan, escaped to Jacksonville, Fla. last Thursday for some rest and relaxation after the Maine Legislature restored most of the cuts that Gov. Paul LePage had proposed for the General Assistance program in the supplemental budget.
Portland stood to lose more than $2 million under the proposed cuts, but the Legislature's changes lessened that number to $300,000, which Brennan said the city could handle.
LePage on Saturday, however, issued a line-item veto removing nearly $6 million from the program.
In doing so, he also put an end to Brennan’s vacation.
Brennan, who spent a portion of his youth growing up in Miami, spent the rest of his trip on his cell phone talking to lawmakers and Rickmond McCarthy, a lobbyist hired by Portland and Bangor to work on the issue.
Brennan returned to Maine last night, and today he plans to meet with other members of the Mayors Coalition on Jobs and Economic Development to discuss their next move.
In addition to Brennan, the coalition includes mayors from Waterville, Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Biddeford, Lewiston, Saco, South Portland and Westbrook.Tweet
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