AUGUSTA – Gov. Janet Mills announced her proposal for a supplemental state budget on Monday.
If approved, it would tack around $126 million onto the current biennial budget to bring it to more than $8 billion.
The governor said it is a balanced supplemental budget and does not create new programs.
She also said it focuses on three priorities — the Rainy Day Fund, health and safety, and enhancing Maine’s workforce — things she said Mainers prioritize.
“They don’t want to see another child death that went unnoticed by the Department of Health and Human Services, unresponded to,” Mills said.
Republican party leaders are worried about the bonds proposed by the governor for broadband and transportation.
Republicans said they feel that highway repairs should come from a gasoline tax, not from more money being borrowed.
They say they would like to see funds go to assisting nursing homes and that the state is currently paying $54 million a year on interest in debt service.
“Far as I can see this proposal intends to increase that even more, so that’s 54 million dollars that isn’t going to help take care of Grammie and Grandpa,” said Assistant Senate Minority Leader Jeff Timberlake, R-Turner.