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Augusta, Maine

Maine $35.5m cutback order detailed for lawmakers

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Maine’s finance chief said most state agencies were able to meet targeted spending cutbacks needed to achieve overall savings of $35.5 million so the state can balance its budget. Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett presented details Friday afternoon to the Appropriations Committee, which has been called in four days before the rest of the Legislature so it can review Governor Paul LePage’s spending curtailment order. Millett said he asked each department to find 1.32 percent of their budgets in savings, and most came right in on those targets.