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Maine Gov: $119M Needed to Balance State Budget
01/14/2014 10:01 AM ET  

Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for LePage, said in an email Monday that the shortfall in the budget exceeds $130 million.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Republican Gov. Paul LePage's administration says lawmakers must find a way to fill a $119 million hole in the state's budget.

Adrienne Bennett, a spokeswoman for LePage, said in an email Monday that the shortfall in the budget exceeds $130 million and that $119 million is needed to balance the two-year budget.

Lawmakers will craft a supplemental budget to address the shortfall.

Bennett says most of the shortfall is caused by the state's Medicaid program. The administration says that further solidifies its position that expanding Medicaid under the federal health care law is a bad idea.

But Democrats are blaming the shortfall on mismanagement in the Department of Health and Human Services. They're pointing to issues like the loss of $20 million in federal funding for a state-run psychiatric hospital.



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