March 22, 2010

Budget committee takes all but final vote

By Susan M. Cover
State House Bureau

 The Legislature's Appropriations Committee took all but the final vote on a $310 million package to plug a hole in the state budget just after 2 a.m. today.

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Staff photo by Andy Molloy Republican members of the Legislature's Appropriations committee listen to Rep. Pat Flood, R-Winthrop, second from right, during a caucus Sunday. They are, from left, Rep. John Robinson, R-Raymond, Rep. Sawin Millett Jr., R-Waterford, Flood and Rep. Robert Nutting, R-Oakland.

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 The committee, which met for more than 12 hours Sunday and into this morning, voted to restore longevity pay to state workers and eliminate three additional unpaid days off. The committee did not vote in an amount for debt service, but said discussions on a possible bond package would continue.

 Legislators will meet again Monday afternoon to take the final vote on the budget after financial staff have had time to double-check the numbers, said Committee Chairman Bill Diamond, D-Windham.

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