The 126th Maine Legislature is in full swing. Elections are long over, leadership has been elected, committee assignments have been made, and Governor LePage has put forward budget proposals that are being busily vetted by House and Senate members.
Right now the Appropriations and Financial Affairs (AFA) Committee is considering Governor LePage’s supplemental budget, which makes changes to this fiscal year, ending on June 30th. A supplemental budget is a bill that is intended to bring the state into balance within a biennium, as required by the Constitution.
The supplemental budget that is being considered is a $153 million budget document that addresses a $100 million Department of Health and Human Services shortfall and $35 million in revenue re-projection and additional funding requests. The AFA Committee is about to complete its work sessions on the supplemental budget with a floor vote expected by the end of the week.
After the supplemental budget has been voted on, the Legislature will begin work on the Governor’s proposed 6.3 billion biennial budget.