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Office of Governor Janet T. Mills: What They’re Saying: Leaders Praise Governor Mills’ Biennial Budget Proposal

By January 12, 2023January 30th, 2023News

This article was published by State of Maine’s Office of Governor Janet T. Mills. View the article online through the link below or read a snippet copied from the article, below.

Leaders, advocates, and experts from across Maine are praising the Governor’s new biennial budget proposal.

The proposal, unveiled by the Governor yesterday, builds on the significant progress achieved under her last budget by continuing her free community college initiative for another two years, expanding pre-K, building more housing, and strengthening Maine’s health care system, including investing in behavioral health, services for older Mainers and people with disabilities, and child welfare. The proposal also makes an historic investment in infrastructure to unlock vast new sources of Federal funding to fix Maine’s multimodal transportation system.

The proposal is balanced, does not raise taxes, and leaves the Rainy Day Fund untouched at its record high of more than $900 million.

Improving the Health of Maine People:

“This unprecedented investment in behavioral health by the Mills Administration will help Spurwink to improve access to services for children, adults, and families throughout Maine by supporting our frontline workers and the delivery of services in our communities,” said Eric Meyer, President and CEO of Spurwink. We thank the Department of Health and Human Services for its strong collaboration with providers across the state that will ultimately expand capacity and strengthen Maine’s behavioral health system.”