Gov. Janet Mills Signs Bipartisan Supplemental Budget, Delivering Financial Relief and Commonsense Investments
Today, Gov. Janet Mills signed her supplemental budget proposal, which passed the Maine Legislature with overwhelming bipartisan approval. The budget provides direct inflation relief checks to most Mainers, offers two years of free community college for graduates impacted by the pandemic, and increases wages for childcare workers.
“Maine people are our greatest asset, and this strong, bipartisan, and fiscally-responsible budget delivers for them,” said Gov. Mills. “This budget is a victory for Maine people, a victory for our economy, and a victory for our future.”
Gov. Mills’ budget will provide much-needed relief by sending $850 relief checks to over 857,000 Maine people — one of the strongest relief proposals in the country. It also provides ongoing income tax relief for retirees and increases the earned income tax credit to help 100,000 Maine families.
The supplemental budget also invests in workforce development and increased access to education, child care, and housing.
Further, it will address PFAS contamination and help income replacement for impacted farmers. This comes after a report from the Maine Beacon showed how the LePage administration, with its close ties to special interests, contributed to the worsening of the PFAS crisis by delaying site testing, hiding information from the public, and denying that the problem was widespread in Maine.
“Gov. Janet Mills’ bipartisan supplemental budget makes bold, commonsense investments in Maine families, education, and the economy while addressing rising costs,” said DGA Senior Communications Advisor Christina Amestoy. “After years of neglect under Paul LePage, Gov. Mills is delivering on the kitchen-table issues that matter most to working people.”