This afternoon the Appropriations committee convened to take a series of unanimous votes across several departments and committees of jurisdiction. Notable items include:

  • Debt service for current and future borrowing $35.6M

 

  • Rejecting a public defender office

 

  • Reject the plan to cut parents with incomes over 40% of FPL from MaineCare $33M

 

  • Reject eliminating removing hospital based doc facility fee payments $11.4M

 

Following was a presentation by Rep. Hubbell of a Democratic proposal on Part C education language.

Republicans declined to share or defend their proposal on mic.

Highlights from Rep. Hubbell:

 

Democrats Republicans
Mill rate      7.20 Mill rate      8.29
Total cost of public education

$2.2B

Total cost of public education

$2.1B

State share of the total cost of public education

$1.1B

State share of the total cost of public education

$991M

Local share of the total cost of public education

$1.047B

Local share of the total cost of public education

$1.085B

 

The Rs both declined to state that the governor’s proposal is their position but also represented that the presentation of the original budget and the change package outlined their position on education.

 

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