Supporters of a $50 million bond proposal to fund clean water Infrastructure and wildlife habitat say the measure will also create jobs.
Among the coalition of backers at a State House press conference Tuesday was Matthew Marks of Associated General Contractors of Maine
"There are about 5,600 families today that are still not working in the construction industry," Marks said. "That's why this bond is really important to me - not just because of the natural infrastructure preservation and the stuff it will do to help bring commerce to Maine, but also the fact that we have a lot of families that are trying to put food on their table."
Funds will be split 50/50 between investments in so-called "natural infrastructure," such as restoration of drinking water aquifers, wetlands, lakes, ponds and rivers, and "built Infrastructure," including culverts, small dam removals, and stormwater management and irrigation system enhancements.
This story was reported and written by Keith Shortall.