This article (and perhaps the Governor's package???) does not specify the dollars that would be allocated to "clean" energy. Nor does it provide any details.
Mills calls for Maine to borrow $239 million - use of funds includes clean energy
AUGUSTA — Gov. Janet Mills rolled out a $239 million bond package Tuesday that would, among other things, invest in broadband internet and renewable energy, replace aging roads and bridges and rebuild the Land for Maine’s Future program.
Speaking from the Cabinet Room with more than a dozen commissioners lined up behind her, the Democratic governor called the bond proposal a series of “targeted, reasonable investments.”
“Today my administration is announcing an investment of strategy to expand our economy, diversify our economy and address the most critical challenges facing our state, and to position the state to succeed for the future,” she said.
The measures all require legislative approval before going out to voters. Mills said she envisions $189 million on the ballot this November and the remaining $50 million pushed to 2020.
State bonds are always part of the budget discussions because the state’s debt service – the total payout for all existing borrowing – is a substantial line item. Republicans and Democrats alike are typically in favor of bonds, although there often is disparity over priorities.
Mills said leaders from the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee have been briefed about her proposals. In addition to the $239 million proposed by the governor, there are dozens of bonds bills under consideration that total nearly $2 billion. Some of those overlap with Mills’ priorities and many others will never be heard.
The biggest of the four bonds proposed by Mills is $105 million for transportation. This would be the 5th consecutive year Maine has borrowed a large sum to invest in roads and bridges. Mills said every Mainer is aware of the conditions of state roads and that this borrowing would trigger as much as $140 million in federal funding as well.
The next biggest bond, $65 million, is for environmental protection and clean energy, with the biggest amount, $30 million, going toward the Land for Maine’s Future Program, which helps preserve land from development..................................
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