Author: Amy Arata

State Representative Amy Arata is serving her first term in the Maine House of Representatives where she represents the people of House District 65.

Governor Mills has proposed an $8.04 billion dollar General Fund budget. That is an 11 percent increase over the current $7.2 billion dollar budget. Governor Mills promised that this tremendous budget increase will be “sustainable” and that the massive expansion of Medicaid for able-bodied, child-less adults would be paid for without new taxes. I wish that this were possible, but the evidence says otherwise. I can think of six reasons why this budget is unsustainable. First, the Governor’s budget spends 99.995% of all available funds. That leaves a cushion of just one nickel for every $1000 spent. This leaves basically…

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