Maine’s highway and bridge repair program could lose $175 million if state legislators don’t place a $105 million bond package on the November ballot, Maine Transportation Commissioner Bruce Van Note has warned.
Maine voters approved bonds the past four years to patch the state’s chronically underfunded infrastructure repair program. These bonds fund an estimated 20 percent of the state’s 2020 highway budget and provide critical matches for federal funding.
State legislators in June failed to pass a bond package proposed by Gov. Janet Mills (D). Now they face an Aug. 30 deadline to put bond language on the November ballot. A TIAC analysis shows that Maine voters approved the previous four bond measures by an average of 67 percent.