The Latest: Maine governor says spending plan is ‘pragmatic’
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – The Latest on the Maine governor’s budget address (all times local):
Maine Democratic Gov. Janet Mills says critics are going to call her two-year spending proposal “government spending run amok.” But she insists it’s a pragmatic proposal.
Mills told a joint session of the Legislature Monday evening that her spending plan addresses concerns she heard on the campaign trail. She said Mainers want better health care, better schools and better jobs. But she says they don’t want higher taxes.
Her comments address political realities as she seeks to address health care access, the opioid crisis, education funding and economic development.
Some Republican leaders say the budget proposal is too big, noting former Gov. Paul LePage originally proposed a $6.8 billion budget in 2017.