This recession has been particularly unkind to New England. Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont have all experienced a bulging unemployment rate, shrinking industry, and other economic problems. Through most of the downturn, though, Maine appeared to have come off a little better than her sister states.

But as Maine officials begin to look toward fiscal 1994, beginning July 1, 1993, they are faced with a possible $1.2 billion budget shortfall and several taxes scheduled to expire at the end of this calendar year.

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