Just wanted to give you a quick update on an important link on a WordPress blog that Speaker of the House, Mark Eves, has set up, so that we can have at-a-glance information on the unfolding budgetary process at the State House:
If you have testimony that you would like to provide concerning any portion of the budget, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 207-287-1400, or send your testimony to Representative Elizabeth Dickerson, 2 State House Station, Augusta, Maine, 04333-0002.
JOINT STANDING COMMITTEE ON APPROPRIATIONS AND FINANCIAL AFFAIRS
Sen. Dawn Hill, Senate Chair
Rep. Margaret Rotundo, House Chair
Public Hearings: Monday, March 11 through Friday, March 22, 2013
Room 228 State House
The proposed budget initiatives may be viewed on the Bureau of the Budget’s website: http://www.maine.gov/budget/budgetinfo/2014-2015biennial.shtml
The documents to be used by the Appropriations Committee and the Committees of Jurisdiction will be broken out by policy committee and contain justification statements (if provided) as well as initiatives.
They will be posted on OFPR’s website at: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/materials/index.htm prior to the hearing date.
The audio portions of public hearings and work sessions held in Room 228 of the State House may be heard over the Internet by addressing: http://www.maine.gov/legis/ofpr/appropriations_committee/audio/index.htm
Municipalities stand to lose Revenue Sharing, Circuit Breaker, and Homestead programs, which would mean skyrocketing property taxes.
Education is especially beleaguered:
12.5 million dollars was curtailed from the education budget, which meant a loss of 151,000 for RSU 13 in THIS fiscal year. WE NEED MORE PEOPLE TO SPEAK OUT FOR THE KIDS During the hearings on the Biennial Budget, which will contain yet even more cuts to education. From Superintendents to parents to kids to teachers, raise your voice.