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Do the math. Those in charge propose to close the Caribou and Machias veterans homes, in part due to a combined annual shortfall of $2 million. This year’s forecast is a combined $3 million shortfall. However, Gov. Janet Mills wants to send 800,000 Mainers a $750 check from surplus state revenues. Wow!
If she reduces our checks by $7.50 each to $742.50, then we could give the valuable veterans’ homes $6 million to cover the next two year’s shortfalls. Reducing the check to $700 could provide $40 million for the homes and whatever else is required to support our veterans.