Maine Gov: State Needs 10% Spending Trims Due To Pandemic

Aug 6, 2020

Maine's Democratic governor has directed most state department heads to come up with 10% spending cuts to address revenue lost because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gov. Janet Mills at a media briefing in Augusta March 27, 2020.
Credit Nick Woodward / Maine Public

The Bangor Daily News reports the departments have until Aug. 19 to submit their proposals to the administration of Gov. Janet Mills.

Maine is facing a projected revenue shortfall of more than $1 billion over the next three years.

Maine Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Kirsten Figueroa wrote in a letter to the state department heads that the spending trims are prompted by the pandemic.

Maine has had more than 3,900 cases of the virus.