AUGUSTA (AP) – Maine’s top legislative leaders are joining 35 others across the country who are calling on Congress to pass an economic recovery package that takes states’ budget shortfalls into account.

Senate President Elizabeth Mitchell of Vassalboro and House Speaker Hannah Pingree of North Haven want any economic stimulus package to help states deal with budget shortfalls adding up to a cumulative $100 billion.

Mitchelll says that with more people out of work every day, the demand for state services is likely to rise sharply.

The lobbying effort is spearheaded by the non-partisan National Conference of State Legislatures.

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