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Coffeehouse observation No. 147

I’m sitting in the coffeehouse and a woman who works for the local school district sat at the next table. She is loud, obnoxious, and apparently knows everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. She’s loudly complaining about the district, the former superintendent, and the school board. And I just want to stuff a pillow in her mouth to get her to be quiet. That’s not wrong; it would be a public service. … I’ve turned up Pearl Jam on the headphones and even that isn’t drowning out her voice.

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State revenues exceeded estimates again | Maine Public Broadcasting Network

State revenues exceeded estimates again | Maine Public Broadcasting Network

Portland city manager releases $196M budget proposal | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram

City manager releases $196M budget proposal | The Portland Press Herald / Maine Sunday Telegram.

Baldacci signs budget to close $310M gap | Bangor Daily News

Baldacci signs budget to close $310M gap – Bangor Daily News.

Acadia budget increase tops $300,000

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — Acadia’s budget for 2010 is increasing by more than $300,000 from last year, according to a park official.

Deputy Superintendent Len Bobinchock said Wednesday that Acadia’s budget for the 2010 fiscal year, which runs from Oct. 1, 2009, through Sept. 30, 2010, is $8,269,000.

“It’s very good news,” Bobinchock said. “We’ll be in a better position. Not every park gets a base increase like we did this year.”

Included in the park budget is $497,000 that is to be used for the park’s base expenses, which include salaries, operational costs such as utility bills and seasonal employees, according to Bobinchock.

Click on the link for the rest of today’s story by Bill Trotter of the Bangor Daily News.

Budget season in the Maine capital city

I gathered a couple of Maine state budget stories from the Kennebec Journal, the newspaper in Augusta, Maine. Click on the headline or at the bottom of each tease and it should bring you to the Kennebec Journal website for the full story.

As always, please let me know about a bad link and I will do what I can to fix it.

Plan for budget awaits Legislature


Maine Sunday Telegram

As Gov. John Baldacci began his presentation Friday on closing a $438 million budget gap, he noted that the state is having such briefings “a little too often.”

Several times a year, for the last several years, Baldacci has had to lay out hard plans for Maine. State revenue has been in a free-fall as income tax, sales tax and other funding sources have dried up in the recession.

In the last year, the Legislature has worked to cut the budget again and again. In early January, it started with a budget gap of $166 million, then later that month got a two-year budget calling for another $200 million in cuts. In May, revenue shortfalls led to another $569 million gap.

(Click here to go to the full Kennebec Journal story.)

Groups to watch possible cuts at DHHS closely


Staff Writer

AUGUSTA – Steve Hoad listened to Gov. John Baldacci announce plans on Friday for cuts and other adjustments that total $438 million.

The proposed cuts include a reduction of $67.8 million to the Department of Health and Human Services and the elimination of 6.5 positions.

(Click here to go to the full Kennebec Journal story.)

Education officials feel push to reduce


Staff Writer

AUGUSTA – For Maine’s school districts, universities and community colleges, the package of budget cuts Gov. John Baldacci announced Friday confirmed the grim news they’ve been bracing for throughout the fall.

The governor’s plan to plug a $438 million hole in the current two-year budget cuts $73.2 million in aid to local school districts and $15.9 million in funding to the state’s university and community college systems.

(Click here to go to the full Kennebec Journal story.)

State corrections remains flat funded

Staff Writer

AUGUSTA – County jails and other correctional facilities could see more positions lost or unfilled next year if Gov. John Baldacci’s latest budget plan, which flat funds jails at $3.5 million, is adopted for the next fiscal year.

“I don’t know how many and where, but it would happen in (fiscal year 2011),” Kennebec County Administrator Robert Devlin said Friday. “If it looks like it’s looming, we’ll do what we did last time, which is not filling vacancies.”

(Click here to go to the full Kennebec Journal story.)