AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine Gov. Paul LePage is calling the state’s new $6.1 billion, two-year budget a step toward fiscal responsibility, but he says it’s only a start.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, LePage says the new budget is a “good down payment” but that he’ll continue working to reduce government spending.

He says the budget contains the largest tax cut in Maine history, as well welfare cuts by aligning Maine’s welfare rules to federal law.

In the weekly Democratic radio address, Sen. Justin Alfond says Democrats are embracing the budget with “mixed emotion.”

He says Democrats don’t believe the budget will move Maine forward and that too much time was spent in the legislative session debating whoopie pies, gun rights, voting rights and other things that won’t help Maine’s economy.