AUGUSTA- In her State of the Budget address, Governor Mills emphasized how sustainable her proposed budget is.
Mills introduced her proposed $8 billion, 2 year budget last Friday.
“In this budget there are no tax increases. In this budget there are no gimmicks” Mills explained to legislatures. “In this budget there are no negative balances. This budget is pro-growth. It is pro-jobs. It is pro-people.”
Some highlights of the budget include fully funding the medicaid expansion and $126 million towards public education.
It also includes more than $5 million to help fight the opioid crisis.
Members of her own party have admitted there is work to be done, but are in agreement with most of the budget’s goals.
“Much needed investment in education, much needed property tax relief, and respecting the will of the people on medicaid” House majority leader, Matt Moonen said. “All of those things will move our state in a really positive direction.”
However, Republicans have made it very clear they believe the budget is unsustainable.
“It’s using every last sent we have in the first two years, so without growth, substantial growth in this state, there will be no way to fund it” Rep. Stacey Guerin told us.
But Governor Mills says she is confident it’s what’s right for the state of Maine.
“It makes responsible investments to tackle serious challenges facing our state; and it honors the will of the people” Mills said.