AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci used his weekly radio address to praise lawmakers for approving “a responsible state budget.”
He said Saturday the recession and the hole in the budget created the most serious economic crisis in 70 years in Augusta. And he says lawmakers responded by working together and putting the greater good of the state ahead of personal interests.
The two-year state budget that passed overwhelmingly reduces spending by 8 percent compared with the current $6.3 billion spending package.
Baldacci says the $5.8 billion budget requires sacrifices. Among those making sacrifices are state workers who’ll be required to take furlough days.