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Governor Mills Signs Current Services Budget into Law

MAINE, March 31 - Back to current news.

March 31, 2023

Governor Janet Mills today signed into law a $9.8 billion current services budget that will ensure the continued operations of State government for the next biennium. The Governor also signed a proclamation calling the Legislature back into session next Wednesday, April 5, 2023.

Governor Mills issued the following statement:

"I would have preferred to sign a budget that has bipartisan support, but the possibility of a government shutdown €“ which would be extremely harmful to Maine people €“ is something I cannot accept. This current services budget averts the potential for a shutdown, funds essential government services, and delivers certainty and stability to municipalities, school systems, and others that rely on state resources.

"This should not €“ and will not €“ be the last word on the budget. I recognize that tensions are high, but there is still a lot of work left to do, with room €“ I believe €“ for compromise. I urge Democrats and Republicans to reset and to begin anew the work of negotiating their priorities during the next round of budget discussions. I look forward to continuing to engage with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to find common ground."

Read the full proclamation.