AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - The Maine Legislature started work today on the first round of state budget cuts.
Members of the Appropriations Committee met with Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett to review the budget curtailment order issued by the Governor last week.
The 35 point five million dollar package of cuts is the first of three major budget plans the committee will handle in the coming months. A week from today, the Governor will submit a supplemental budget which is expected to include plans to fill a 100-million dollar shortfall in the Medicaid program. On the same day they will submit the new state budget for the next two years.
Committee members from both parties say it will be hard work, but are promising to work together to come up with the best budgets for the state.
Members of the committee say they expect to have the first round of public hearings on budget cuts later this month, but there will be more hearings when they start dealing with the full, two-year budget. The committee will continue working next week. The full Legislature starts work January 8th.