State Spending is Up $2.7 Billion

While most discussions of the two-year state budget center around the General Fund, this is just one of 35 funds from which state government spends money. Below is budgetary information taken directly from the fiscal notes of the chaptered budget laws in 2017 and 2019 and the same laws for transportation spending in 2017 and 2019, showing “appropriations and allocations” in both budgets. Note the total increase of $2,714,109,070 from the last budget to the latest. This is an increase of 16% while the cost of living rose by just 5% over the same period.

By comparison, the previous state budget was just 3.8% higher than its predecessor.

According to the State Treasurer, the State of Maine currently has a total debt of $7.7 billion.

Source: From fiscal notes as compiled by the Legislature’s
Office of Fiscal and Program Review. See links.

One thought on “State Spending is Up $2.7 Billion

  1. Make a balanced budget. Much of these increases are intended to pay for the care of Illegal Immigrants, puffed up budgets and you can be sure our Governor is intending to try to make Maine a sanctuary state. We need to fight this and our elected representatives. Time for a change or we all will be paying higher and higher taxes to give money away for no good reason!!

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