Hundreds protest Maine budget cuts

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March 11, 2011, 6:22 pm
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(NECN: Marnie MacLean, Augusta, Maine) - Hundreds of people filled Maine's state house today to protest budget cuts. Governor Paul LePage wants to take millions from the state's Fund for a Healthy Maine and use it to pay for Medicaid.

Opponents say the move would "rip out the heart of the fund" and lead to higher health costs for everyone. Reporter Marnie MacLean has more.

The Governor's budget proposes to take 18 million dollars away from the fund, tobacco settlement money used for prevention programs like substance abuse treatment and shifts it over to Medicaid.

Tags: maine, budget cuts, Marnie MacLean, Paul LePage
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