Gov. Baldacci to present bare-bones budget plan

Posted Jan. 08, 2009, at 8:45 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. John Baldacci and his Cabinet will be on hand today for the unveiling of the proposed two-year state budget that’s expected to call for deep cuts to Maine programs and services.

An aide to Baldacci said the budget for the two years starting July 1 will total $6.1 billion. The figure, smaller than the current biennial budget of $6.3 billion, reflects the depth of proposed reductions. The details are to be presented this afternoon.

Baldacci spokesman David Farmer declined to identify any specific cuts that will be proposed in the new package, but said reductions included in the current budget revision package now under committee review show the direction the administration’s going.

Education, human services and corrections are among the hardest-hit services in the revised budget for the present year. More than 90 state jobs also would be eliminated.

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