Bill would give Maine governor more time on budget

Posted Feb. 13, 2011, at 12:23 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 14, 2011, at 10:12 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Paul LePage supports a proposal to change the timing of Maine’s two-year budget so it’ll be debated in the second year of a new Legislature.

Similar legislation was proposed in 2007 and 2009 by former Rep. Henry Joy of Crystal. The new proposal comes from Rep. Bernard Ayotte of Caswell, who says the current process is flawed because the newly elected governor and lawmakers have to get to work right away on details of the state’s complicated budget.

He says his proposal means lawmakers would no longer feel as rushed. They could spend their first year working on the budget, and then vote on it in the second year.

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