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Mills Signs Two-Year State Budget

Mal Leary
Maine Public

Gov. Janet Mills praised the bipartisan budget as one that addresses crucial needs of the state like property tax relief, increased funding for education, money to pay for expanded health care for the poor and investments in the state’s future.

“Like all compromises, nobody got everything they wanted, but this budget takes some meaningful and important steps to address Maine’s future.”

Mills had proposed a slightly higher budget, while Republicans wanted even less spending than was in the final spending plan.

“In this budget we provide more property tax relief to hard working Mainers and seniors and families and small businesses,” says Mills. “In this budget we invest in work force development and higher education in critical fashion addressing the workforce needs of our population and our businesses.”

The budget takes effect July 1.

Originally published June 17, 2019 at 6:43 p.m. ET.

Journalist Mal Leary spearheads Maine Public's news coverage of politics and government and is based at the State House.