LePage Signs DHHS Budget Bill, LD 1816, Not in Augusta- But in Madison

Posted on February 23, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , |

While Gov. Paul LePage spent the day touring businesses in Somerset County, the Maine Legislature passed the Supplemental Budget compromise reached by the Appropriations Committee. The committee spent many long hours and days trying to address the shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services, and rather than rubber stamp the draconian cuts suggested by the Governor (which may not have even been legal), came up with cutbacks with as little impact on poor Mainers as possible.

So that the committee could continue its work addressing a projected shortfall in the 2013 fiscal year, a member of the Governor’s staff carried the actual bill to Madison, where a Town Hall meeting was scheduled. The Governor signed the bill there, causing a bit of a delay in the start of the Town Hall. Gov. LePage leaves Friday for a weekend meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C.

Legislative leadership in both parties were hoping to have the budget bill signed and behind them before the weekend.

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