Maine Dems take aim at governor’s budget proposal

Posted May 14, 2011, at 12:57 p.m.
Last modified May 15, 2011, at 4:33 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — The top Democrat on the Maine Legislature’s Appropriations Committee says Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed two-year budget largely fails to deliver on the governor’s promises.

In the Democrats’ weekly radio address Saturday, Sen. Dawn Hill of York says LePage has promised to save money and create jobs, make government more accountable and protect Maine’s neediest residents.

But she says LePage’s proposed $6.1 billion budget accomplishes few of those things.

The budget abandons Maine’s neediest — the elderly, disabled, mentally ill, working poor and veterans, Hill says.

She says the governor’s budget comes with severe cuts to services while giving tax breaks to out-of-state businesses and the wealthy.