Bangor - Education groups are weighing in on Governor LePage's proposed budget cuts, pegging the cost to Maine schools at $27-million.
Executive Director of the Maine School Management Association, Connie Brown, says schools are being hit on several fronts. $13-million in reductions through the governor's proposed cuts for the current fiscal year.
Plus, $14-million in school districts contributions to fund teacher retirement. Brown says the shift to taxpayers is made worse by the governor's proposal to freeze municipal revenue-sharing for two years, but it's still unclear how individual districts will be impacted.
The governor says local governments, like the state, must make some difficult decisions in a still-weak economy.