AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is ordering nearly $80 million in curtailments in state programs, with education and human services programs absorbing the bulk of the impact.
The curtailments announced Wednesday are to make up for more than half of a budget shortfall of about $150 million through the end of June. Baldacci says a budget revision package he’ll present by Dec. 15 will account for the rest. He’s also promising yet another round of cuts in the next two-year budget.
Baldacci says Maine, like other states in New England and around the country, is feeling the impact of a national recession.
The cuts affecting education will take a toll on state school subsidies, which could cause layoffs, overtime holds, combined bus routes and fewer field trips. Most of the human services cuts are reflected in accounting adjustments.