STATEWIDE – The Governor finding himself at odds with the State Treasurer.
This spat, coming at the expense of dozens of summer construction projects and several thousand jobs.
The state is looking at a $600 million investment project to put towards roads, bridges, and public transportation across the state, with some of those funds coming from voter-approved bonds.
But the sales of those bonds are a collaborative effort between Governor Paul LePage and the State Treasurer Terry Hayes.
The two disagree on a part of the proposal, and right now the governor refuses to sign off.
“It’s a sad day for Maine that we end up in this position. I’ve done what I can to avoid it and I will continue to try to seek paths to avoid it but at this point it’s on the governor,” said Hayes.
Unless Governor LePage allows the bond money to be used, those improvement projects will remain on hold.
That also leaves an estimated 4,500 construction workers unsure of their summer job status.