April 13, 2012

Maine budget clears House, awaits final Senate OK

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA — The Maine House has given its approval to a state budget rewrite, sending it to the Maine Senate for final approval.

The House vote today was 105-30 on the two-year supplemental budget for the period ending in mid-2013.

The budget would cut the state reimbursement to municipalities for general assistance from the current maximum of 90 percent to 85 percent. The governor wanted deeper cuts but stopped short of threatening a veto.

Final approval is one of the last acts before the Legislature takes a break.

Lawmakers are expected to return in May to complete budget work for the next two-year budget cycle and to close the session.


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