AUGUSTA  — After two days of briefings with state officials, the LePage administration is ready to brief reporters on the governor’s plan to wipe the slate clean when it comes to the budget.

Gov. Paul LePage’s finance commissioner, Sawin Millett, will discuss in detail the governor’s zero-based budgeting initiative today at the State House.

The idea is to take a look at each expenditure and to ensure that they’re necessary and within the scope of the various departments’ missions.

The effort is separate from a bipartisan task force that’s under legislative orders to find $25 million in state budget savings. LePage says that might be too modest. LePage has suggested that as much as $100 million in savings may be needed to keep the budget in the black.