LePage Reneges On $100M Statewide Maine Jobs Bond Contracts, Day 2

Posted Friday, February 21, 2014 in News

LePage Reneges On $100M Statewide Maine Jobs Bond Contracts, Day 2

by Andi Parkinson

(Following up on last night’s news: “BREAKING: Governor LePage Reneges On $100M Jobs Bonds; Bounces $59M State Of Maine Check”)

To review, here is the email shared last night:

A reminder: LePage accused Douglass last year in June of holding up issuance of the bonds, which was proven false and refused to sign them until the hospital debt was paid. On July 3, the governor shifted the blame for the bond issuance delay onto Democrats and in August, he applauded the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee for approving the bonds package that included $35M to higher education improvements such as Maine Maritime Academy in Castine and Maine Community College System.

In September, Maine Maritime Academy first broke ground on the ABS Center for Engineering, Science and Research- the first classroom facility built on campus in thirty years. From a press release:

In January, construction began on the site:

neria_headshot_web_smallEarlier today Maine Treasurer Neria R. Douglass shared a timeline of over 40 pages of compiled communications in a timeline from May of last year to present with the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, detailing the emails between her department, the Governor’s office, and information on the various projects already in process.

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When contacted about the news of LePage’s refusal to issue the jobs bonds, Dr. William J. Brennan, President of Maine Maritime Academy, had the following reaction:

Bangor Daily News reports that there has been no response yet from the governor’s office:

Today Governor LePage issued a press release through the Maine Department of Labor, which read in part:

Which is to say, LePage refuses to budge one iota.

Democrats were quick to point out to media that LePage and the 125th Legislature drew down from the state’s budget stabilization account themselves to cover budget shortfalls created by tax cuts to the rich:

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