AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage’s administration is expected to issue an order cutting state spending by $35.5 million this week.
Lawmakers have been anticipating the curtailment order for several weeks, since lower state revenues were forecast in November.
The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/V2VFaN ) reports that the announcement could come as early as Wednesday.
The administration also is preparing a supplemental budget to close a projected shortfall in the two-year budget that ends June 30. That gap is because of a projected $100 million shortfall in Health and Human Services.
Michael Allen, the state’s associate commissioner of tax policy, told lawmakers in November that the revenue shortfall comes from a convergence of events including the ‘‘fiscal cliff’’ negotiations in Congress and a Maine economy that is not growing as quickly as hoped.
Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com