Should Maine’s tobacco settlement money be shifted from health programs?

Posted March 14, 2011, at 5:41 p.m.
Last modified March 14, 2011, at 7:57 p.m.

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Gov. Paul LePage’s budget calls for using some of the state’s tobacco settlement money, now in the Fund for a Healthy Maine, for drug court programs and the Maine Office of Substance Abuse instead for other state activities. Is this a betrayal of the intent of the lawsuits that garnered the settlement money? Will cutting the programs lead to greater costs later? Or do financial crises call for extreme measures?

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