ME Governor Pushes Supplemental Budget, Including Gun Control

( – Democratic Governor of Maine, Janet Mills, revealed a $71 million supplemental budget on Valentine’s Day which included a number of additional tweaks to the state’s gun laws.

Gun control came into vogue after the Lewiston mass shooting which claimed the lives of 18 people last October when a mentally unstable army reservist went postal. That incident was the single biggest mass shooting in Maine’s history. Democrats couldn’t let a good tragedy go to waste without pushing for more restrictive gun control.

The budget adjustment will allow the governor to make good on a promise to retain $100 million for the following cycle. It also includes $1 million for the Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to collect data related to injuries and acts of violence. They’ll use input from Maine’s police departments, schools, hospitals, and NGOs to form future government policy.

There’s also $2.8 million for mobile crisis teams responding to emergencies where the subject is experiencing a mental health episode or psychotic break. An additional $950,000 will go toward the creation of a mental health crisis center and $5 million will be dedicated toward covering medical expenses for victims of mass casualty events who can’t afford their own healthcare. A further $422,400 will go toward performing “mental health assessments” which are a part of Maine’s “yellow flag law.”

Maine’s yellow flag law allows authorities to remove guns from individuals currently experiencing a mental health crisis.

There’s also $200,000 for a program which encourages the proper storage of guns, additional funding for 16 new state trooper jobs, and another $6 million to support victims of violent crime.

Additionally the budget proposal will allot $16 million for emergency housing and $10 million will go toward the construction of affordable housing.

There’s also $6 million to fix damage to publicly owned lands, including state parks that were damaged by storms.

Finally they included $4 million to update the state’s judiciary’s computers.

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