The continuing debt owed to Maine hospitals is an inexcusable shame. If I understand correctly, it is also costing federal funds. It should have the highest priority.
If the governor's proposal is not the right solution, then it is up to the Legislature to put forward a better one — one with definite plan for a timely satisfaction of the debt.
If that means moving funds from other areas or creating a targeted tax until the debt is paid, so be it.
There has been plenty of time to come up with a plan, so it really needs to happen soon, and before other, less pressing, business.
Folger Cleaveland, Farmington