Nearly all local legislators gave their backing March 30 to a supplemental state budget that includes $310 million in cuts in areas such as state education aid, Medicaid, and local revenue sharing over the next 15 months.

The House voted 110-35 and the Senate voted 31-2 to approve the budget.

Among local legislators, all three Midcoast state senators — Republican Sens. Christopher Rector of Thomaston, A. David Trahan of Waldoboro and Carol Weston of Montville — voted for the budget. Hancock County Sen. Dennis Damon, D-Bar Harbor also voted in favor.

In the House, all but three local representatives voted for the budget. Voting for the package were Reps. Edward Mazurek, D-Rockland; Chuck Kruger, D-Thomaston; Joan Welsh, D-Rockport; Andrew O’Brien, D-Lincolnville; House Speaker Hannah Pingree, D-North Haven; Wendy Pieh, D-Bremen; Elizabeth Miller, D-Somerville; Jayne Crosby-Giles, R-Belfast; Veronica Magnan, D-Stockton Springs; John Piotti, D-Unity; and Elsie Flemings, D-Bar Harbor.

Voting against the budget were Republican Reps. Wes Richardson of Warren, Jonathan McKane of Newcastle and Michael Thibodeau of Winterport.

“Under the circumstances, we did the best we could with what we had,” said Rector. “We didn’t raise taxes and we minimized damage to programs.”

Rector said a greater challenge faces the Legislature and governor next year when there will be no federal stimulus money to help bail out the state. He said the projected gap between revenues and expenditures for the next two-year budget is $1 billion.

The current two-year state budget approved a year ago totaled $6.1 billion for the period of July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2011. With this latest round of cuts, the two-year budget has been reduced to $5.5 billion. The Legislature approved additional cuts last year after the original budget had been approved.

Trahan said the budget was a difficult vote for him because of the number of people who will be adversely affected by the cuts.

“Municipalities, schools and human services are all going to feel the cuts, but we needed to pass a budget and this one seemed to spread the cuts around,” Trahan said. “I wish we had cut more at the state level, but that wasn’t the case.”

Kruger said he was particularly concerned about the cuts to mental health services. He said cuts to child development services and revenue sharing will not save money.

“Cuts in municipal revenue result in hikes at the local level,” Kruger said.

Richardson said he voted against the budget because he was concerned about the impact on local tax bills caused by significant drops in education funding and revenue sharing.

Mazurek said the Legislature did the best it could considering the situation is faced.

Welsh said the budget was a great example of what Maine is all about.

“As everyone knows, it has been immensely challenging and we met the challenge through a truly bipartisan effort,” Welsh said.

The governor also cited cooperation in his message after the vote.

“State government will be smaller, we have made important structural changes that will reduce the cost of government going forward, and we will begin rebuilding our reserves,” Democratic Gov. John Baldacci said in a news release. “And we have protected our most vulnerable and provided significant support to K-12 education.”

The governor praised leaders from both parties in the House and Senate.

“Senate President Libby Mitchell, Speaker Hannah Pingree, Senate Republican Leader Kevin Raye, House Republican Leader Josh Tardy have demonstrated exceptional leadership and patience,” Baldacci said. “Their good-faith efforts and hard work helped to make this bipartisan effort possible.”

The governor said he would sign the budget bill at 11 a.m. on March 31.