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Maine governor signs budget deal

June 17, 2019

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine’s Democratic governor has signed a two-year budget deal with a sticker price slightly below her original $8 billion proposal.

Gov. Janet Mills signed the budget on Monday. The House voted 103-48 and the Senate voted 25-9 on the bill last week.

The deal effective July funds Medicaid expansion and more child protection workers, and makes it easier for opioid users to get medication-assisted treatment.

Lawmakers got the budget down thanks in part to $185 million in surplus tax revenues.

Democrats trumpeted the agreement as boosting revenue sharing with municipalities in 2021 and expanding the property tax credit.

Republicans say they’re glad the budget is below $8 billion but worry Maine could be hit hard by a future recession. The deal puts $18 million into the rainy day fund.

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