LePage names bipartisan Maine budget team

Joel Page | ASSOCIATED PRESS
Posted Nov. 16, 2010, at 2:29 p.m.
Last modified Dec. 17, 2010, at 10:56 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine  — Maine Gov.-elect Paul LePage has announced a bipartisan team of advisers who will fashion a two-year state budget that closes a widening gap between anticipated revenues and expenses.

In a State House news conference Tuesday, the Republican said he’s taking a step toward keeping a campaign promise to deliver a more efficient, job-friendly government.

The team’s newly appointed leader, outgoing state Rep. Sawin Millett of Waterford, will get a head start on assembling a spending blueprint that closes a gap that’s growing from $1 billion to $1.2 billion. Millett is a former finance and education commissioner.

The 10-member team also included former prominent lawmakers from both parties.

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