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Maine Committee Approves State Borrowing Package
08/22/2013 02:33 PM ET  

The Legislature's Appropriations Committee has unanimously approved a $149.5 million bond package for transportation projects and other initiatives.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ A Maine legislative panel has approved a state borrowing package for roads and education infrastructure projects.

The Appropriations Committee unanimously approved the five-bill, $149.5 million bond package proposal on Thursday. Republican Gov. Paul LePage and Democratic leaders agreed to the package on Friday after weeks of political wrangling over bonds.

It now heads to the full Legislature, which is expected to return next week for a special session. The bond bills will need two-thirds majority support for final approval.

Democrats had intended to return next month to vote out a proposal for the June ballot, but LePage said a November vote was necessary for construction project planning.



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