$149.5 Million Bond Package Headed To Voters
AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – A $149.5 million bond package proposal is making its way through the Democratic-controlled Maine House and Senate. The five-bills that make up the state borrowing package for roads, bridges and education facilities are all expected to receive the two-thirds majority in both chambers necessary for approval. Once all five bills are approved, they’ll be placed on the November ballot where it will be up to voters to decide how much the state should borrow. Officials for Maine’s universities and community colleges urged lawmakers to approve the $35.5 million in bonds for higher education earlier this week, saying they need the money to expand and upgrade buildings and classrooms to meet growing demand. The bonds also include $100 million for roads, bridges, ports and rail projects.