Baldacci’s attention turns to bonds

Posted June 06, 2009, at 2:04 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Now that a state budget’s been enacted, Gov. John Baldacci says it’s time to consider a bond package.

In his weekly radio address Saturday, Baldacci said that while times are difficult and money is tight, the state needs to invest in the future.

Baldacci said borrowing to improve Maine’s transportation system is necessary and essential, considering that tourism is so important to the state’s economy. He also says renewable energy, land conservation and improvements in the state university and community college systems deserve support from bonds.

Baldacci closed by urging the Legislature to pass an “aggressive” bond package that he said will help lay the groundwork for Maine’s future economic growth and expansion. Bonds must be approved by voters.

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