Governor releases two-year budget proposal

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Maine's new Democratic governor has released the details of her first two-year, $8 billion budget proposal.

Gov. Janet Mills on Friday afternoon released her budget, which lawmakers will consider in coming weeks. She wants to move forward on campaign promises to address health care access, the opioid crisis, education funding and economic development.

She says the budget protects Maine's rainy day fund while not raising taxes. State forecasters estimate $7.9 billion in revenues through mid-2021.

Mills proposes a four-year plan to fund voluntary universal pre-kindergarten.

Mills' budget represents an 11 percent increase over the current $7.2 billion, two-year budget.

Mills' budget includes nearly $150 million for Maine's share of voter-approved Medicaid expansion. She says she's expanded coverage to over 3,000 Mainers since moving ahead on expansion on her first day.