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Hearings on Maine budget revision to start

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Several days of hearings on Maine Gov. Paul LePage's budget to address shortfalls in this year's budget get under way this week.

The Appropriations Committee takes up the supplemental budget on Wednesday. The budget seeks to make up for nearly $90 million in cost overruns in the state's Medicaid program, or MaineCare. Those costs are due mostly to increased utilization of the program by people already enrolled.

In addition, the budget addresses a $35.5 million revenue shortfall.

The Appropriations Committee hearings are scheduled to wind up Jan. 28.

The panel will then take up the governor's $6.3 billion budget for the two years that starting July 1.


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