Tuesday, 15 April 2014 22:20

State House and Senate Come Together for Supplemental Budget

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AUGUSTA - Lawmakers in Augusta, can smile, at least for now, with a new Supplemental State Budget.


"The Supplemental Budget before us today is good for Maine families, education in Maine, and it's really good for healthcare," said Sen. Emily Cain, D-Penobscot.


A vote of 136-8 in the House of Representatives and a 35-0 vote in the Senate defined bipartisanship.


"Relatively small supplemental budget bill, $32 million state budget fix is small," said Sen. Pat Flood, R-Kennebec.  "But there was some highly positive components too."


This budget in particular eliminated a wait list for disabled Mainers seeking Medicaid coverage.


"Waitlists have been an issue for years and now we found a way to find rates for Nursing homes that fit," said Sen. Flood.


Medicaid now enlarged the compensation towards nursing homes that have lost money for seniors care.


"This budget keeps our state on track fiscally," said Sen. Cain.  "While making sure we are making the right investments for kids, for seniors and for the fiscal year ahead."


Funding to local schools will be returned and Maine's university system will be restored as well.


Now, it all rests at the feet of Governor Paul LePage...whether he will veto it outright or line item veto portions.

Patrick Thomas

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