September 30, 2010

Think tank report cites $1 billion in potential Maine spending cuts

It also recommends areas where too little is spent, as compared to the nation and other rural states.

By Susan M. Cover scover@mainetoday.com
State House Bureau

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A spokesman for Democrat Libby Mitchell said she, too, has an interest in making government more effective and efficient.

"The report has many of the same goals that Libby would have as governor," said David Loughran, who said the campaign needs more time to look the report in detail.

Independent Eliot Cutler also said he found useful information in the report.

"'Reinventing Maine Government' is a timely and thoughtful report that forcefully makes the case for changing the way we govern ourselves and allocate our financial resources. It sounds the alarm, dispels myths and offers a bold plan of action that all of us should carefully consider. This report will have a prominent place on my desk when I become governor," Cutler said in a statement.

Independent Kevin Scott said he hasn't yet read the report and independent Shawn Moody said at first look, many of the ideas seem viable.

"We're really excited about it," Moody said. "We think it's great. A lot of those bullet points are spot on."

Caron said he expects some criticism of the report, but that he hopes it sparks debate in the governor's race and beyond. He said budget-balancing tactics lawmakers have used in recent years, such as unpaid days off for state workers, won't help in the future.

"We are way beyond tinkering," Caron said. "We are way beyond furlough days, across the board cuts. We really have to get to some tough priorities."

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