The Second Regular Session of the 126th Legislature adjourned late last night, having completed all business presented. They will reconvene Thursday, May 1st, to consider any gubernatorial vetoes and perhaps other business.
It has been a successful session for removing barriers to smart growth throughout Maine. We’ll provide a comprehensive update soon, but for now, here are the highlights of just the past week:
Crossing the street shouldn’t mean crossing your fingers. Sadly, every two hours a pedestrian is
killed because of unsafe streets—streets built with federal transportation funds, but not necessarily
designed and built with all users in mind.
GrowSmart Maine supports a smart economic development bond package. This calls for substantial investments in MTI and the REDRLP. Upon hearing that the Maine Venture Fund was once a part of this proposal but has been removed, I support inclusion of this successful program as well. The Maine Venture Fund provides a public stake which, coupled with such private sector endeavors as the Maine Angels, gives Maine entrepreneurs the support to grow their start-up businesses here in Maine. I encourage you to remember the remarks of Charlie Colgan in his testimony to the committee; low interest rates are still at hand, a bond will support Maine’s small businesses at a time of five consecutive quarters of economic growth. Those sitting on the sidelines are ready to get back into the game and we need provide the capital needed so the best can move forward. This proposal is well-timed for Maine.
"When environmentalist Tony Grassi takes a crazy gamble to rehab an abandoned Mill, he inspires both skepticism and hope that its revived bond with the river will breathe new life into the rural town of Freedom, Maine. With the help of a colorful team of builders, masons, engineers and architects, he sets out to reconstruct a forgotten historical treasure. Can his 21st century vision of conservation repower this community, and others, which are now welcoming a new generation of young farmers?"
Reminder: SMALL HARBOR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM APPLICATION PROCESS OPEN
This is a reminder that the MaineDOT Small Harbor Improvement Program is now accepting Letters of Intent (LOI) for communities interested in SHIP funding to assist with local facilities for upcoming budget(s). The program requires a minimum 50% match.