President's Message: “Majority budget process could have lasting effects on remaining legislative outcomes…”
On Tuesday, March 30, the Maine Legislature approved a new two-year, $8.3 billion state budget in a series of largely party-line votes. In the days and weeks leading up to this vote, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce considered the previous 20 years of budget negotiations and expressed the following concerns to legislators regarding the majority budget process prior to Tuesday’s session.
Despite Tuesday’s outcome, the Maine State Chamber will continue to encourage our state legislators to take the time and effort to work together to pass bipartisan legislation. The importance of the budget process on the overarching legislative session cannot be understated or underestimated.