This measure passed.
Passing this question would allow the state to borrow $105 million, matched by $275 million in federal and other funds, for transportation improvements.
“Do you favor a $105,000,000 bond issue for improvement of highways and bridges statewide and for multimodal facilities or equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation and active transportation projects, to be used to match an estimated $275,000,000 in federal and other funds?”1
|Yes means||No means|
|I am in favor of issuing the $105 million bond to address infrastructure improvements.||I do not want Maine to borrow $105 million to address infrastructure improvements.|
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Passing this question would allow the State of Maine to borrow $105 million for a variety of infrastructure improvements, including roads, bridges, railroads, airports, transit and ports.2 The bulk of the money will go towards high priority highways and bridges.
This is a bond issue – if voters approve the bond, it means that the State of Maine is allowed to borrow money for the project described in the ballot question and has to pay it back over 10 years.3 Learn more about how bonds work.
Follow the money
Interest: $29,150,000 (assumes 5.0% over 10 years)
Total cost: $135,150,0003
The money will be used to:
- $90 million for highways, bridges, and MaineDOT’s Municipal Partnership Initiative (MPI) 2
- $15 million for multimodal facilities and equipment related to transit, freight and passenger railroads, aviation, ports, harbors, marine transportation, and active transportation projects 2
The money will be coming from:
- $105 million bond issued by the state and paid back through the budget and taxes over 10 years.2
- $275million in matching funds from federal and other funds. 2
The primary arguments for this referendum are:
- Maine’s roads and infrastructure are deteriorating.
- Makes up for some of the shortfall in gas taxes from fuel-efficient vehicles that has left the funds for highway repairs insufficient.
- Issuing the bond opens up matching funds.
- Interest rates are currently low, making it a good time to invest.
The primary arguments against this referendum are:
- Maine already has $1.43 in outstanding bond debt that this will add to and it could lead to increased taxes. 2
Nobody has registered support or opposition to this bond.
Maine State Legislature. An Act To Authorize a General Fund Bond Issue for Infrastructure To Improve Transportation and Internet Connections. Accessed June 3, 2020. ↩