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Governor Proclaims Results from June 8 Election

June 29, 2010

AUGUSTA – Governor John E. Baldacci today signed a public proclamation of the results of the June 8 statewide elections.

The Governor received the results from the Secretary of State on Monday, June 28. According to the Maine Constitution, he has 10 days from that point to proclaim the results of any measure referred to the people and approved by a majority of the voters.

There were five questions on the ballot. Voters approved all five, including a People’s Veto of tax reform legislation and four bond questions.

Upon signature of the Governor, the measures become law in 30 days. In the case of the People’s Veto, the underlying measure does not become law.

In addition, the political parties held primary elections to choose their candidates for elections in the fall. The governor also received those results.

The text of the questions is below:

Question 1 (People’s Veto): “Do you want to reject the new law that lowers Maine’s income tax and replaces that revenue by making changes to the sales tax?”

Question 2 (Bond Issue): "Do you favor a $26,500,000 bond issue that will create jobs through investment in an off-shore wind energy demonstration site and related manufacturing to advance Maine’s energy independence from imported foreign oil, that will leverage $24,500,000 in federal and other funds and for energy improvements at campuses of the University of Maine System, Maine Community College System and Maine Maritime Academy in order to make facilities more efficient and less costly to operate?”

Question 3 (Bond Issue): "Do you favor a $47,800,000 bond issue to create jobs in Maine through improvements to highways, railroads and marine facilities, including port and harbor structures, and specifying the allocation of $4,000,000 of the transportation bond approved by voters in November 2009 to be used for capital rail purposes?”

Question 4 (Bond Issue): "Do you favor a $23,750,000 bond issue to provide capital investment to stimulate economic development and job creation by making investments under the Communities for Maine’s Future Program and in historic properties; providing funding for research and development investments awarded through a competitive process; providing funds for disbursements to qualifying small businesses; and providing grants for food processing for fishing, agricultural, dairy and lumbering businesses within the State and redevelopment projects at the Brunswick Naval Air Station that will make the State eligible for over $39,000,000 in federal and other matching funds?”

Question 5 (Bond Issue): "Do you favor a $10,250,000 bond issue to improve water quality, support drinking water programs and the construction of wastewater treatment facilities and to assist farmers in the development of environmentally sound water sources that will leverage $33,250,000 in federal and other funds?”

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