Maine’s Top Budget Officer Reports $35 Million Shortfall, Cuts Back To Getting Two Whiffle Haircuts A Week As A Sign Of Austerity

H Sawin Millett

H Sawin MillettAUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage moved one step closer Monday to ordering immediate cuts to the state budget. But it is still unclear how the cuts will affect state programs and services. LePage’s top budget officer formally recommended Monday that the governor quickly reduce state spending by $35 million in response to a projected drop in tax revenues. “In the interest of attaining budget balance, it is important that we begin to curtail allotments as soon as possible,” Department of Administrative and Financial Services Commissioner Sawin Millett wrote in a letter to LePage Monday afternoon. Millett did not outline specific spending cuts or provide new details about the potential impact. Now that LePage has received the formal recommendation, he may make a decision to reduce spending across the board — a so-called curtailment order — this week. (read more at Kennebec Journal)