AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Gov. Paul LePage is taking steps to order a curtailment of state spending by more than $35 million in the current fiscal year, which ends June 30, 2013.
The temporary order will likely be issued next week. But his office says LePage has ordered department heads to identify areas where spending can be reduced to make sure the state finishes the fiscal year with a balanced budget.
The recession and fragile recovery are blamed for sagging revenues in Maine.
The governor's office says the cuts will not be across-the-board and essential services like police and snow plowing will continue. But spokeswoman Adrienne Bennett says "there will be shared sacrifice."
LePage says he will exercise his authority to reduce spending "in the quickest manner possible."
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