Lawmakers Discuss Spending Proposals

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Lawmakers are working on a smaller spending proposal from Gov. Janet Mills before they consider her $8 billion, two-year proposed budget.
Mills proposal would pay State’s bills through July 1 while also proposing new spending which lawmakers will be considering this week.
It would include $1 million to celebrate Maine’s upcoming 2020 bicentennial, about $350,000 to pay for experts for Public Utilities Commisions and 2.5 million for Maine’s share of estimated disaster recovery costs.
Her plan also includes proposals to reverse direction from former Gov. Paul LePage’s policies.
She is proposing to lift limits on Medicaid funded addiction treats for the state’s opioid crisis and opening a pre-release center in a community where LePage shuttered a jail.