AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s legislative budget writers are holding two days of discussions on the state’s precarious financial situation.

Appropriations Committee members gathered Wednesday to review closeout reports on fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30. On Thursday they’ll also look ahead at ways to offset looming shortfalls in the new two-year budget cycle.

A continuing theme during the sessions is expected to be government streamlining.

Although the Appropriations Committee may meet intermittently in the coming months, the full Legislature is not scheduled to reconvene until January.

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