Maine bond supporters to speak out

Posted June 01, 2010, at 5:33 p.m.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Most of the pre-election attention in Maine has been on the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primaries.

But on Wednesday, supporters of the four bond issues on the June 8 ballot will have their say as they hold news conferences in Portland, Orono and Houlton.

Advocates say the $108 million sought for public works ranging from highways to wind-power development and historic structures would provide immediate and long-term economic benefits. Business and community leaders will speak at the news conferences.

Supporters also say the bonds would attract an additional $97 million in matching money.

Opponents say the state should not take on any more long-term debts while it struggles to recover from the recession and faces other debts.