AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. John Baldacci said assertions that Maine spending continues to grow recklessly are “a myth.”
In his weekly radio address Saturday, Baldacci said Maine’s budget for 2011 is the same as it was in 2001, and actual state spending has decreased every year since 2008 to close the revenue gap created by the global recession.
Baldacci pointed to a Wall Street Journal story highlighting actions governors of other states have taken to cope with the recession. They include things such as consolidation, holding back on taxes, hiring freezes and spending cuts.
Baldacci says that if those themes sound familiar, they should because Maine has done them all. He said they set the stage for economic recovery.
In the Republican response, Sen. David Trahan of Waldoboro said Maine is not doing so well at creating jobs. Trahan pointed to a Forbes Magazine ranking of “best states for business and careers,” and Maine ranked lowest of all 50 states.