BANGOR — Maine residents will have the opportunity to vote on two bond issues amounting to $120 million next Tuesday during the primary election.
That’s a lot of money and Maine voters will have the final say on whether state government should spend it.
There are two questions, one for $15 million and another for $105 million to be spent on improving internet and transportation in Maine.
Maine State Chamber of Commerce President Dana Connors emphasized the need for broadband in the state of Maine.
“We are the oldest state in the nation, we are the most rural state in the nation. We want to attract young people like yourself. Broadband does that,” said Connors.
Matthew Brown, an 18 year old Bangor resident, is one of those in the target demographic but thinks the money should be spent somewhere else.
“I’m a young person, I’m 18 I don’t use social media, so some people are not into that,” he said.
In addition to improving the internet across Maine, other portions of the money will go to fixing highways, airports and places like this. And while this is important to some people, it’s not to everyone.
Brown believes investing money in reducing pollution is of the utmost importance.
“I’ve seen so many cans on the ground and I know it’s very basic and you kind of just walk past it or drive past it and it’s become the norm and it doesn’t need to be the norm,” Brown said.
And while people have differing opinions on where money could be spent, Connors maintains the importance of transit.
“It is important to move people safely, and products efficiently. Eighty percent of our traffic in the state comes the way of highways so the people of Maine recognize its value,” he said.
Is that value worth $120 million total in bonds? Mainers will decide on July 14.
Some believe the turnout could be higher than normal for a primary because of the senate race that’s on the ballot. Democrats will choose a candidate to face Sen. Susan Collins in November.