AUGUSTA– Governor Janet Mills unveiled her two-year budget proposal for the 2024-2025 fiscal year.
Inside the governor’s cabinet room, Mills announced a $10.3 billion dollar plan that would include additional money for workforce housing, healthcare, childcare and people with disabilities.
The proposal is a $900 million increase from the last budget, while maintaining the state’s plans of paying 55% of local education costs, free lunches for public school students and free community college.
“This budget is balanced. It does not raise taxes. It fully funds a number of initiatives with the legislature that are law, and it leaves the rainy day fund untouched at its record high level of more than $900 million,” said Governor Mills.
This is the first time the budget has ever reached $10 billion, while not raising taxes or touching the state’s rainy day fund.
Senate Republicans issued a statement following the budget proposal saying in part quote: “Republicans are…