Proposed Budget Cost for Maine Schools Determined

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.
Erin Thomas

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Erin joined the ABC-7 and FOX Bangor news team in February 2012. She was born and raised in Presque Isle, Maine where she attended Presque Isle High School.  While in college Erin interned in the WVII news room before working as a Production Assistant.  In May of 2012, Erin received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Maine, along with a minor in Anthropology.  When she's not out covering local news, Erin enjoys running, skiing, visiting with family and friends, and traveling around this beautiful state.  She is especially interested in outdoor adventure so if you have a story idea, send it her way!

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