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Maine Budget Details Released

Details on the latest state budget deal emerged on Tuesday morning, after Republican and Democratic legislative leaders reached a deal late Monday night to avoid a state government shutdown.

“After weeks of tough negotiations we have reached an agreement that we feel moves Maine forward,” announced House Republican leader Ken Fredette (R-Newport).

The budget deal reportedly makes several substantial changes to the tax code, as well as many changes to welfare and social services programs. The budget also:

The deal has support from all four legislative leaders, with all of them acknowledging that it addresses several areas of concern and satisfies many of their legislative priorities.

“I believe this budget has something for everyone in Maine,” said Senate President Michael Thibodeau (R-Wald) in a statement announcing the deal. “We were sent here to represent them, and I am pleased that we were able to lower their tax burden while at the same time take steps to keep property taxes in check and fund vital state services.”

“This budget invests in our youngest and our oldest, our workers and our retirees, and provides a meaningful tax cut to al Mainers,” said Senate Democratic minority leader Justin Alfond (D-North Berwick).

The budget deal is scheduled to be taken up by both the Maine Senate and House of Representatives on Tuesday.

If it is approved, it will then head to Governor LePage’s desk to be signed or vetoed. The Governor has not indicated whether or not he will support the budget, but has 10 days to take action.

Editors note: This story has been updated as more information on the budget has become available