State task force giving Mainers a voice for money saving ideas

Posted Oct. 27, 2011, at 10:40 a.m.
Last modified Oct. 27, 2011, at 1:15 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine taxpayers are making their feelings known about how the state can save money as they submit their ideas to a government website.

Among the more popular ideas are requiring drug tests for all welfare recipients, increasing taxes for everybody making over $250,000, limiting the time to file disability claims and cracking down on Medicaid cheats.

Those and dozens of other ideas have been submitted by the public to the Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force, which is in the process of finding $25 million in General Fund savings to balance the next fiscal year’s state budget.

The task force must report its recommendations to the Appropriations Committee by Dec. 15.

To view submitted ideas or make a suggestion, visit http://mainegov.uservoice.com/forums/117473-cost-saving-ideas-for-government.

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