AUGUSTA, Maine — A revised Maine state budget that covers a $65 million gap between revenues and spending is now law.
Gov. Paul LePage signed the bill last Thursday. The House and Senate approved it after the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee revised the governor’s proposal and gave its unanimous, bipartisan support.
Most of the $65 million gap resulted from overruns in the state Department of Health and Human Services. The budget addresses spending in fiscal 2011, which ends June 30. A two-year budget for the two years starting July 1 is still being deliberated.
The budget rewrite is the second supplemental appropriations package lawmakers considered for the current budget cycle.