AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - A legislative committee has agreed on a bond package calling for nearly $100 million in new state spending, but the proposal must be approved by Gov. Paul LePage before going to Maine voters in November.
The Appropriations Committee on Thursday night approved a package of five bonds totaling $95.6 million for transportation projects, research and development, higher education, water and sewer projects, and the Land for Maine's Future Program.
The proposals need two-thirds support from the House and Senate before going to LePage for his signature. If the governor signs off, the proposals would go to voters for final approval in November.
LePage has said lawmakers need to make meaningful cuts in state expenses to address an $89 million Medicaid shortfall before the state can take on more debt.