Maine voters to decide on road bonds

By Keith Goble, Land Line state legislative editor | 9/10/2013

Voters in Maine will soon decide whether to authorize nearly $150 million in bonds for infrastructure projects, including road work.

Gov. Paul LePage signed a package of bond bills that will be included on the state’s November ballot. The package includes $100 million for highways, bridges and ports. Specifically, $76 million would be applied to roads and bridges and $24 million would be routed to rail.

The governor said the bonds are needed to improve the state’s transportation network.

“Infrastructure projects create good-paying jobs in the construction industry, and our roads, bridges and ports are important economic drivers that help attract and retain jobs,” LePage said in a news release.

Opponents say that infrastructure maintenance should be paid for out of the state’s existing revenue.

“The bottom line is this work has to be done. Our roads cannot be neglected,” stated Rep. Ken Fredette, R-Newport. “However, in the long term, we must break the cycle of borrowing to pay for the most fundamental obligations of state government.”

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