Baldacci signs budget to close $310M gap

Posted March 31, 2010, at 11 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci on Wednesday signed a budget-balancing bill which he says demonstrates that the Legislature can rise above partisanship and make tough decisions.

Baldacci was surrounded by legislative leaders from both parties as he signed the bill Wednesday that closes a $310 million gap. The bill received overwhelming votes of approval in the House and Senate on Tuesday.

“While much of the country is torn apart by heated political rhetoric, in Maine things are different,” Baldacci said.

The governor said that with enactment of the budget, state government will be smaller, structural changes will reduce the cost of government going forward and state reserves will be replenished.

Human services and education programs are among the hardest-hit by budget cuts.