Mike Michaud coming out of the closet might have been the news that generated the most buzz on Monday, but Tuesday is still Election Day, when voters statewide will be asked whether to approve five infrastructure bonds worth $182 million, including expected interest.
Gov. Paul LePage released a video Monday afternoon, urging voters to support two of those five bongs: One worth about $100 million, for infrastructure maintenance and upgrades, and another worth $14 million to benefit the state’s ailing National Guard armories.
In addition to fixing up the state’s roads, bridges, highways, ports and aviation facilities, LePage said the transportation bond would support an estimated 2,800 good-paying construction jobs and jobs in related industries. The armories bond, he said, was necessary because many of the state’s armories are in disrepair after more than 20 years of state funding shortfalls.
Those bonds were part of a package negotiated between the governor and the Legislature leading up to a special session in August. The other three bonds, for projects at the campuses of the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy, were championed by Legislative Democrats. LePage made no mention of them in the video.
For more information on all five bonds, check out the State & Capitol 2013 Election Guide.