AUGUSTA – Governor Janet Mills submitted her first biennial budget to the State Legislature. An overview of the budget can be found here. She is scheduled to deliver her State of the Budget address next Monday, February 11th at 7:00 p.m.

Members of House Democratic Leadership released the following statements:

Speaker of the House Sara Gideon:

“Governor Mills’ budget demonstrates her clear commitment to making progress for Maine families, while working to rebuild state government. I look forward to carefully reviewing the details of this budget knowing that House Democrats and I will remain laser focused on giving our children an excellent education from early childhood onwards, increasing access to affordable and accessible healthcare, making smart investments in broadband infrastructure and lowering property taxes. The legislative branch will continue to work closely with the governor to fulfill these obligations to our people and I look forward to the end result of a productive and dynamic budget that works for all Mainers.”

House Chair of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee Drew Gattine:

“The Appropriations Committee will begin the hard work of crafting a budget that reflects the shared values of Maine people and I thank Governor Mills for this thoughtful proposal that provides an excellent framework and starting point for our work ahead. Our committee will dig into the details, listen to public testimony and spend many hours focusing on how we can improve the lives of Maine families, support seniors and people with disabilities, strengthen our schools and create more opportunities to bolster our economy.  I’m optimistic the committee will work together to finalize a budget that Maine people can be proud of and I look forward to Governor Mills State of the Budget presentation on Monday evening.”