AUGUSTA – As lawmakers get closer to finalizing a state budget, Mainers rallied in Augusta Thursday for what they called a “fair and moral” budget.
Participants were chanting and holding signs in the middle of the state house.
They say they’re concerned certain bills won’t get funded, like the syringe exchange bill aimed to help those with opioid addiction, and the expanded earned income tax credit.
“I just really believe that a budget is a moral document,” said Rev. Allen Ewing-Merrill, a convener with Moral Movement Maine. “It’s not just about dollars and cents, it’s about really embodying the values that we say we hold.”
Ralliers said they want to fund these programs by cutting tax breaks for the wealthy.