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.