Maine anticipates $1.6B in pandemic relief bill if and when it’s passed

Maine could receive $1.6 billion from the massive coronavirus relief bill, an infusion of funds that would be split between the state and the local governments within its borders.

The funding is eagerly awaited by state and local officials who argue that the money is needed to continue providing services, roll out vaccines and resurrect economies hobbled by the pandemic.

The slug of federal funding could also help Democratic Gov. Janet Mills navigate a political stalemate with legislative Republicans over taxes on pandemic loans to businesses, but that will depend on when the money arrives and whether Congress further limits how it can be spent. It could also prompt the governor to make changes to her two-year budget proposal.