AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci is urging quick, bipartisan legislative action on a budget cut plan that reflects a revenue shortfall of more than $140 million.
Baldacci, who outlined his supplemental budget proposal for the current fiscal year on Tuesday, says it includes no new taxes, fees or fines. But it eliminates 94 positions, including 40 layoffs. Most of those layoffs are in the Corrections Department.
Baldacci says the cuts in state spending are due to the recession. He acknowledges that the cutbacks in state spending could have a ripple effect in the state.
The cuts continue nearly $80 million in curtailments the governor ordered last month.