Maine lawmakers late Monday evening passed and Gov. John E. Baldacci signed into law a supplemental budget to address the $190 million shortfall it was facing for its $6.3 billion, fiscal 2008-09 biennial budget. The revisions included no new taxes and did not dip into the state's rainy-day fund.
"This has been a difficult budget process," Baldacci, a Democrat, said in a statement. "Maine has been forced to deal with a $190 million revenue downturn caused by a struggling national economy. The decisions have been difficult, but the end product is a reasonable and responsible budget that puts us on firmer financial footing moving forward."