June 24, 2018
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Baldacci: Cuts not pretty

The Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci says nearly every department in state government will see further cuts in their programs.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, the governor said, “It isn’t pretty, but it is necessary.”

Baldacci on Friday announced $63 million in spending holdbacks to reflect plunging revenues. Hardest hit will be education and human services.

In the Republican response, Assistant Senate Minority Leader Jon Courtney of Sanford said that when the Legislature returns in January to cut the budget, his party will be committed to finding long-term, structural changes that make government affordable for all Mainers.

Courtney said Republicans will take a hard look at social programs, while making sure those truly in need are protected.

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