As our Nov. 5, Election Day approaches, I wanted to give you some information about the $149.5 million bond package you will see on the ballot. This comprehensive, bipartisan bond package was passed by the Legislature in late August. It aims to inject money back into our economy and to produce jobs for hard-working Mainers. It is also about making important investments in our higher education system, our public infrastructure and our people.
Here are the five ballot questions:
Question 1: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $14,000,000 bond issue to provide funds for the State's share of maintenance, repair, capital improvement, modernization and energy efficiency projects for Maine Army National Guard readiness centers and support facilities and the purchase of land for training and to draw down federal matching funds?
Question 2: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to enhance educational and employment opportunities for Maine citizens and students by updating and improving existing laboratory and classroom facilities of the University of Maine System statewide?
Question 3: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $100,000,000 bond issue for reconstruction and rehabilitation of highways and bridges and for facilities or equipment related to ports, harbors, marine transportation, freight and passenger railroads, aviation and transit, to be used to match an estimated $154,000,000 in federal and other funds?
Question 4: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $4,500,000 bond issue to provide funds for a public-private partnership for a building project for a new science facility at the Maine Maritime Academy to be matched by other funds?
Question 5: Bond Issue
Do you favor a $15,500,000 bond issue to upgrade buildings, classrooms and laboratories on the 7 campuses of the Maine Community College System in order to increase capacity to serve more students through expanded programs in health care, precision machining, information technology, criminal justice and other key programs?
If you would like more details, please contact me at 377-3276 or email@example.com.