Janet Mills desires a bipartisan finances, however she isn’t promising one

Gov. Janet Mills desires a bipartisan state finances, however she has been cautious to not commit to at least one with Maine’s political events attempting to protect their leverage in high-stakes negotiations.

When the Democratic governor rolled out her $10.3 billion spending plan this month, she mentioned it was a doc that ought to win consensus within the State Home, the place two-year budgets sometimes are handed by two-thirds majorities earlier than a June 30 deadline to avert state shutdowns.

Democrats alone may cross a finances by the tip of March, as they did in 2021. Legislative Republicans mentioned they requested Mills to decide to a two-thirds course of throughout fraught December negotiations over a heating help bundle. Whereas the governor declined, she has mentioned one is her purpose and members of the minority social gathering assume they’ll hold a deal on observe.