BAR HARBOR — A proposed bond package with strong bipartisan support could bring at least $20 million to research facilities here.
The Maine Legislature’s Joint Select Committee on Maine’s Workforce and Economic Future voted 13-1 in support of the proposed bond package on Monday. The bonds, worth a total of $73 million, would support small business growth and jobs in microbiology, marine resources and technology, according to a release from the Senate Majority Office.
The proposed package includes $15 million for the Jackson Laboratory for a new biometric analysis lab. The money would be matched by $16 million in private and public contributions.
The package also would include $5 million for the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory to increase biotechnology workforce training from 350 to 500 students per year and to create a drug discovery and development facility. The funding would be matched by $9.5 million in private and public funds, the release states.
The bond measure will be sent to the appropriations and financial affairs committee for review.