AUGUSTA – Maine Governor Janet Mills presented a two-year, $8.3 billion budget to the legislature Friday.
The governor said the budget does not change Maine’s tax rates.
During a virtual news conference Friday afternoon, Mills said the budget proposal adds $61 million to the stabilization account also known as the rainy day fund.
She said there were a variety factors contributing to the ability to maintain the status quo funding.
“No more travel, out-of-state travel for state employees, freezing many, many positions, many vacancies across state government that went back to last summer. No more conferences for obvious reasons. As I said, I think it is predominantly a no drama, a no nonsense budget,” Mills said.
Despite Democrats controlling both the House of Representatives and the Senate in Maine, it’s unlikely the governor’s budget will be approved as written.
It’s expected to be several months before the legislature votes on the proposal as it makes its way through legislative committees.