Govs. McKernan, Baldacci: ‘Yes’ vote on Question 5 will help schools prepare state’s future leaders
Portland Press Herald, October 17
Investing in community colleges is key if Maine intends to remedy its skilled-labor shortage.
Four bonds will further needed investment in Maine
Bangor Daily News, Oct 23
The final four questions on the Nov. 6 ballot ask voters to consider $200 million in borrowing to improve educational facilities at the state’s university and community college systems, to improve municipal and private wastewater systems and to pay for needed infrastructure work. This borrowing package is greatly pared back from what lawmakers initially considered. This bond package can begin to set Maine back on a path of investing in the infrastructure and programs needed to spur economic development and job growth. Together these investments represent a modest, but needed, investment in Maine’s future. We recommend that voters approve them.
Our Endorsement: Questions 4 and 5 are part of effort to help build Maine’s workforce
Press Herald, Oct 26
Approval of the bonds would fund investment in education in key fields in the UMaine System and community college campuses. Attracting and training the next generation of workers is Maine’s greatest economic challenge. Questions 4 and 5 on the Nov. 6 statewide ballot address those challenges directly, allowing investment in education in key fields up and down the state. These are the kinds of investments Maine should be making, and the Editorial Board endorses “yes” votes on both questions.