Streamlining Committee identifies $25M in state budget cuts

Posted Nov. 09, 2011, at 11:29 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — An advisory committee looking for cuts to balance Maine’s state budget has found $25 million in savings, but its work isn’t over.

The Streamlining Committee is to meet again Nov. 28 to finish its work before a Dec. 15 deadline.

While it needs to find $25 million in savings to balance the budget for this fiscal year, the committee has left the door open to finding $35 million in recommended cuts.

Minority Democrats, however, say they aren’t interested in pushing the total another $10 million. House Democratic Leader Emily Cain said Wednesday that any cuts beyond the $25 million should be taken up by the Legislature.

The cuts targeted so far avoid eliminating funding to Head Start and to a program that helps troubled youths transition to the community.

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