Deal reached on Maine bonds

Posted April 12, 2010, at 11:27 a.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine lawmakers have reached a deal on a bond package that’s trimmed down from the bill that was blocked from final approval last week.

State House officials say the $57.8 million package includes funds to preserve 233 miles of railroad track that are being abandoned in northern Maine. The new bond figure is lower than the $85 million that was approved last week by the House. But it fell short of final passage in the Senate when Republicans held back their votes.

The deal also reportedly calls for lowering the bond issue to go before voters this June.

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