Maine budget plan prompts rallies

Maine Budget Unions
Pat Wellenbach

Proponents of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to change the pension system gathered in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta on Wednesday.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he's thankful that he's finding support for his budget proposal that will reduce state workers' pensions, even as unions make a show of force at the State House.

Both supporters and opponents are holding separate rallies Thursday in Augusta.

The governor wants to help reduce the state's $4.3 billion budget shortfall by changing how Maine's pension system is funded. On Wednesday, LePage said he was elected to fix problems with state spending. He said his proposals are meant to put the state on "sound fiscal footing."

State workers, who are massing in the Capitol area, say they're bearing the brunt of cuts that will hurt their retirements. LePage said that "everybody is going to have to share in the pain."

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GARY SAVARD's picture

This unfunded liability has

This unfunded liability has been basically ignored by the past several administrations, and democrats sure weren't about to give up some of their social programs to pay bills like this. Now we have a governor and legislature that aren't indebted to the unions who are willing to tackle the problem. It's not as if we can ignore it and it will just go away.

Jason Theriault's picture

I count 8

Does 8 people make a rally?

RONALD RIML's picture

When that's all you can wrap your mind around...

it surely does, Jason!!!


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