Maine finance nominee H. Sawin Millett endorsed

Posted Jan. 18, 2011, at 2:14 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 18, 2011, at 2:35 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — H. Sawin Millett Jr., who has decades of service in two branches of Maine state government, has won an enthusiastic vote of support to become state finance commissioner.

The Appropriations Committee’s unanimous vote Tuesday virtually assures Millett’s confirmation by the Senate. His appointment comes at a sensitive time for Maine finances, as lawmakers try to close a big gap between expected revenues and spending obligations in the state budget.

Millett, a 73-year-old former teacher, gave the committee a history lesson and glimpse into the future to help frame Maine’s financial picture.

Looking back at a recession of the 1990s that ravaged the budget, Millett said financial recovery was slow in coming.

Looking ahead, Millett says lawmakers are only starting a process of restructuring.

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