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Governor Baldacci Congratulates Appropriations Committee on Work to Balance State Budget

March 22, 2010

March 22, 2010 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today released the following statement after the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Appropriations and Financial Affairs completed work on the supplemental budget for fiscal years 2010-11. The plan was adopted unanimously.

“Members of the Appropriations Committee deserve enormous credit for working through a very difficult budget,” Governor Baldacci said. “The budget plan they have approved strikes the right balance. It includes important structural reform and reduced State spending, while also protecting our most vulnerable and setting Maine on the path toward economic recovery.”

“I particularly want to recognize the hard work of Senate Chairman Bill Diamond, House Chairwoman Emily Cain and Republican leads, Sen. Richard Rosen and Rep. Sawin Millett,” Governor Baldacci said. “They put aside partisanship and have worked from the first day to bring people together to balance the budget.”

“My priorities have been to bring the State budget into balance, to align spending with revenues, to make government smaller and more efficient and to avoid raising taxes while also protecting the important areas of human services and education,” Governor Baldacci said. “The bill approved by the Appropriations Committee does those things.”

The budget bill now must be approved by the full House and Senate.

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