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LePage Still Considering Spending Curtailment Order
11/29/2012 03:16 PM ET  

Gov. Paul LePage is considering whether to issue an executive order to curtail state spending, as another multi-million dollar budget shortfall looms.

Representatives of Democratic leadership in Augusta today consulted with members of the LePage administration to discuss the potential of a executive order that would cut spending by $35 million through June.

Gov. Paul LePage was briefed today on the budget forecast, which projects a revenue shortfall of $160 million over the next 30 months.

LePage's communications director, Adrienne Bennett, says the governor is evaluating those projections and considering whether he will issue an executive order.

Under Maine law, the governor can initiate a unilateral spending reduction known as a curtailment to keep the state budget balanced, as long as the cuts are made on a fair and equitable basis.

Democratic leaders say they are waiting to hear more about the governor's plans. Republican leaders, meanwhile, said that they would support the curtailment option.

House Republican Leader-Elect Rep. Ken Fredette, of Newport, and incoming Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz, of Augusta, said while curtailments should ideally be made following legislative discussion, the current circumstances warrant immediate action.



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