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April 11, 2002
* MEDIA ADVISORY *
The drawing will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 12, 2002 in the Secretary of State's Office in the Nash School building at the corner of Sewall and Capitol Streets in Augusta.
Maine law requires the drawing process for ballot position. June's referendum ballot will find two bond questions before Maine voters.
The questions that will appear on the June 11, 2002
ballot are as follows, in no particular order:
Prepared by the Office of the Secretary
_____"Do you favor a $34,970,000 bond issue to stimulate job growth, renovate buildings, defend against terrorism in Maine and promote tourism? The bonds would be used for the following purposes:
1. Funds of $4,000,000 for the Municipal Investment Trust Fund to provide loans and grants to municipalities for public infrastructure to support economic development and other purposes of the fund;
2. Funds of $8,000,000 to the Finance Authority of Maine to create and retain Maine jobs through the funding of community, regional and state business financing programs;
3. Funds of $540,000 for the protection of the lives and property of Maine citizens;
4. Funds of $6,000,000 to capitalize the Maine Rural Development Authority to facilitate job creation through the development and redevelopment of commercial and industrial buildings in Maine;
5. Funds of $400,000 for renovation of buildings and associated infrastructure at the Schoodic Education and Research Center. State bond funds will match $4,000,000 in federal funds;
6. Funds of $5,000,000 for the construction of a facility for product development and support that will provide the University of Maine with the resources needed to help solve daily manufacturing and engineering problems;
7. Funds of $4,000,000 for the construction of a facility for product development and support that will provide the University of Southern Maine with the resources needed to help solve daily manufacturing and engineering problems;
8. Funds of $5,500,000 for medical research and development by Maine-based biomedical research institutions in order to obtain matching federal funds for health research to cure disease and to retain Maine graduates by providing quality Maine jobs;
9. Funds of $1,000,000 for the planning and construction of the Franco-American Heritage Center at St. Mary's in Lewiston;
10. Funds of $30,000 to assist the Moosehead Marine
Museum in the renovation of its flagship, the Katahdin; and
_____"Do you favor a $28,500,000 bond issue to capitalize the State's School Revolving Renovation Fund for repairs and improvements in public school facilities to address health, safety and compliance deficiencies, general renovation needs and learning space upgrades; to provide grants to public educational institutions to install sprinkler systems in dormitories; to renovate the Augusta East Campus Harlow Office Building; and to provide a center for homeless teenagers in the Portland Area?"