AUGUSTA — Maine Gov. Paul LePage has announced a bipartisan task force charged with identifying at least $25 million in savings in state spending.

The 12-member Streamline and Prioritize Core Government Services Task Force will conduct an analysis of state departments and agencies with the aim of prioritizing services, consolidating functions and eliminating duplication and inefficiencies. The goal is to achieve $25 million in savings for fiscal year 2010-2013, which begins next July.

Finance Commissioner Sawin Millett is the panel chairman, and four members are lawmakers who serve on the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee.

The other seven task force members aren’t with state government. They include business leaders, former legislators and a local government official.

LePage says every aspect of government must be looked at to achieve savings in state spending.

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