State Democrat Leaders Hold Press Conference, Discuss Bond Package Proposal
Last week, Governor LePage and lawmakers came to an agreement on a nearly 150 million dollar bond package.On Wednesday, Senate President Justin Alfond and House Speaker Mark Eves held a press conference to discuss the proposed compromise.It includes 100 million dollars for investment in transportation among other things.Alfond and Eves said their party did not get everything they wanted. They hope to focus on other investments like land conservation in the future, but overall it was a positive compromise for the state.We caught up with Republican Senator Pat Flood who had similar remarks about its benefit to the state.”I think this is a good example of what divided government looks like. Everybody got something, everybody stayed at the table. We compromised and because of that we were able to put Mainers first and get people back to work,” said House Speaker Eves. “It’s a relatively moderate package, but its also a core package that you can almost everyone to agree to, so I think it’s a very good package. Very affordable by the fact that we haven’t issued new bonds in the last couple of years,” said Senator Flood. On Wednesday, the governor announced he will call the legislature back for a special session on August 29th.He wants to make sure lawmakers can vote on and hopefully approve the bond proposal in time to get it on the November ballot.Alfond was confident it would pass through the legislature.