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Maine Budget Rewrite Gets Final House, Senate OK
02/21/2013 02:45 PM ET  

Representatives voted 129-14 and senators voted unanimously today to approve the budget, which balances the state's books through the end of the fiscal year June 30.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ The Maine House and Senate have given final approval to a supplemental budget to address a $153 million shortfall in the current fiscal year.

Representatives voted 129-14 and senators voted unanimously Thursday to approve the budget, which balances the state's books through the end of the fiscal year June 30.

The budget addresses a downturn in revenue due to a lagging economy and higher than expected expenses in Medicaid services. The final budget keeps intact the Drugs for the Elderly program and rejects a cap on general assistance.

The budget has been sent to Gov. Paul LePage for his approval.

Now the hard work starts. The Legislature is to deliberate the details of a $6.3 billion two-year budget in the coming weeks.


 

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