AUGUSTA,Maine — Gov. John Baldacci sends Christmas and Hanukkah greetings in his weekly radio address. He also calls for a spirit of optimism among Mainers despite the bleak economic times facing the state.
Baldacci’s address comes days after he outlined a budget revision that accounts for a $140 million revenue shortfall. It calls for eliminating 94 state positions and more cuts in services. Baldacci says he “made the best choices from a list of bad options.”
But he sees a brighter future for Maine, with green energy and riverfront development helping to shape the state’s destiny. Baldacci says “optimism matters” and Mainers’ attitudes will set the boundaries for what’s possible.
In the Republican response, Sen. Earle McCormick of West Gardiner says the economic turmoil makes it a stressful time. But he says Christmas is a time of hope and joy — and Maine’s sorely in need of both.