Press Release

February 3, 2020

Governor Mills Proposes Supplemental Budget that Invests in Maine People's Health, Safety and Wellbeing

AUGUSTA &ndash Today, Governor Mills released a supplemental budget proposal that invests in Maine children and foster parents, individuals with intellectual disabilities and their families, people facing a mental health crisis, older Mainers in need of health coverage, and the public health system.

"This budget proposal makes responsible investments to ensure Maine people have access to essential services that support their health, safety and wellbeing," said Maine Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew. "We thank the Governor for supporting these initiatives and look forward to working with the Legislature on the proposal."

The funding Governor Mills has requested for DHHS through the supplemental budget includes:

The supplemental budget proposal does not create any new programs.

The Fiscal Year 2020-2021 biennial budget, passed last year with bipartisan support and signed into law by Governor Mills, set state appropriations for DHHS at $2.7 billion over the biennial. This supplemental proposal, which takes into account budget balances from last year and projected revenue, adds $14.5 million, or less than one percent in net appropriations.