The Maine Department of Transportation - 3-year Work Plan - Total Expenditures $1.8 billion
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Biddeford and Biddeford/Saco line:
As a new member to the Transportation Committee, I aggressively delved into the issue of bonds. When testifying before the committee, MDOT repeatedly told us that the governor not issuing the bonds approved by the voters in 2011 would not affect jobs and the economy, since MDOT works on a 3-year plan and those projects have already been funded and scheduled for completion.
I asked for a complete list of bonds authorized by the voters in past years and was provided with lists of bonds from 2003, 2007, and 2009. It showed that some bonds were never issued for projects and some bonds were issued and the projects still have not been completed.
There were multiple bonds submitted by Legislators and the Governor this session. In September, the full legislature will be meeting to discuss and/or vote on sending any bonds to the voters. In the meantime, I have requested that the Transportation Committee meet jointly with the Appropriations Committee to have the MDOT and the State auditor give us a comprehensive update on the status of all bonds previously authorized that have not been spent or issued.