Lawmakers praise new Maine budget panel

Posted Nov. 17, 2010, at 3:47 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Prominent Maine lawmakers in both parties are praising Republican Gov.-elect Paul LePage’s appointment of a working group to set the foundation for the state’s fiscal 2012-13 spending package.

Rep. Emily Cain of Orono, Democratic House chairwoman of the Appropriations Committee for the last two years, says LePage has chosen a seasoned and bipartisan team, especially Rep. Sawin Millett of Waterford and former finance commissioner Ryan Low.

Cain says Democrats look forward to providing meaningful input in adopting a budget.

Incoming House Republican leaders say LePage has assembled a first-class team to find solutions to Maine’s budget problems. Rep. Phil Curtis of Madison, the new House Republican leader, says LePage has brought together people with the expertise and diversity of experience to explore all aspects of the budget.