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Voters Approve $15.5 Million For Maine Community Colleges

AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine voters wound up a low-key, off-year election by easily approving a conservation borrowing package as two other bonds addressing economic development and educational facilities drew the backing of slim majorities.

Unofficial returns Wednesday showed the measures headed for passage.

Voters were given a three-part choice to approve or reject $55 million in bonding for research and economic development, $43.5 million for upgrades at educational institutions and $35.5 million for natural resource initiatives.

Question 2 — designed to provide $50 million through a Maine Technology Institute competitive fund and $5 million in low-interest loans — was backed by 51 percent to 49 percent, according to unofficial returns.

A similar 51 percent majority favored Question 3 — the $43.5 million education bond issue that earmarked $23 million for building renovations and improvements of the University of Maine System campuses and $15.5 million at Maine Community College System campuses.

“I believe that a quality education system and increased private sector job creation can move the state forward, and this election shows that the people of Maine agree with that vision,” Gov. John Baldacci said.

–Associated Press


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