Sen. Gratwick votes to send investments in transportation to Maine voters for approval

Posted: August 27, 2019 | Senator Gratwick

AUGUSTA —Sen. Geoff Gratwick, D-Bangor, joined colleagues in the Legislature to send a transportation bond proposal to Maine voters for their approval this November. This proposal funds critical investments in Maine’s roads and bridges. The vote was unanimous in the Senate and 127-8 in the House of Representatives.

Unfortunately, Republican lawmakers prevented Maine voters from getting a chance to decide on investments in broadband, state parks and working waterfronts, career and technical education and National Guard facilities, and low-interest loans to curb energy costs and promote efficiency.

“We all benefit from investments in our infrastructure,” said Sen. Gratwick. “If approved by voters, the transportation bond will fund much-needed projects to improve our roads and bridges. I only wish we were able to do more.”

In November, Maine voters will consider a bond that invests $105 million in transportation projects. These funds will support repairs, upgrades and routine maintenance for Maine highways, bridges, culverts and working waterfronts. It will also contribute to good-paying jobs in the construction industry. Several reports indicate that construction workers are standing by and ready to do this work so Mainers can safely go to school, work, and about their daily lives.

The transportation bond will now appear before all Maine voters on the ballot in November.