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Maine Mayors Push for $85 Million Bond Proposal
04/08/2013   Reported By: Tom Porter

Mayors from across Maine today unveiled an $85 million bond proposal, which they say will support targeted investments and grow the state's economy. The bi-partisan Mayors' Coalition on Jobs and Economic Development represents municipal leaders from 12 of Maine's biggest communities. The bond package is being sponsored by Republican state Sen. Roger Katz of Augusta, who's also the former mayor of that city. Tom Porter has more.

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Mayor William Stokes

"Our towns and cities, our larger towns, are the economic drivers in the state," Katz says. He says this is the first time that the Mayors' Coalition has weighed in on the bond issue.

"Investing in our larger communities is an important part of the economic future of Maine, and we ought to be doing at least some of what this bill proposes," he says.

The bill calls for $20 million to be invested in downtown development projects and $15 million for workforce development and training. It also calls for $20 million to be invested in transportation - mostly in railroad infrastructure and the public transportation network.

And last but not least, the package requests $10 million for improving water and sewage treatment facilities. William Stokes (in photo above) is the current mayor of Augusta and a member of the Mayors' Coalition. He says the poor state of water and wastewater infrastructure is a huge liability for many communities - including his own.

To hear Tom Porter's interview with Mayor Stokes, click the "Listen" button above.


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