Unions, economists blast Mills’ call for ‘fiscal restraint’ amid so many unmet needs


“The governor’s new supplemental budget is a good start in bolstering Maine’s economy, but with so many unmet needs and an already full rainy day fund, now is not the time to forgo potentially transformational investments in Maine people and communities,” said Garrett Martin, president of the Maine Center for Economic Policy.

Martin said the money Mills wants to save for a rainy day could be used now “to fund bills currently being considered by the legislature that help child care providers stay open, provide critical relief for renters struggling to stay housed, build housing for people who need it today, and make sure our educators are paid a fair, living wage.”

Click here to read the full story, first published January 31, 2024 in Beacon.