AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's finance chief says 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 Gov. Paul LePage's spending curtailment order.
Millett says he asked each department to find 1.32 percent of their budgets in savings, and most came right in on those targets. Some agencies exceeded their target cuts, and some were unable to meet them.
The largest cuts include $13.1 million in the Department of Health and Human Services, and $12.5 million in general purpose aid to schools.
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