Maine Senate OKs technical budget fix

Bill to fix $6 million gap in state budget passes Maine Senate

Associated Press

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- A bill aimed at fixing a $6 million hole in Maine's two-year $6.3 billion state budget has passed Maine's Senate, but its future is uncertain.

The Democratic-led Senate voted 24-9 in favor of the bill on Tuesday, reaching the two-thirds majority necessary for the bill to go into effect immediately.

But the bill now heads back to the House, where it failed on an earlier vote.

The current budget doesn't raise the state's service provider tax, which applies to things like health care providers and television cable services.

Maine's Office of Fiscal and Program Review says not raising that tax would cause a discrepancy in the budget of about $2.5 million this fiscal year and nearly $4 million next fiscal year.

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