State bond package may boost economy

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.

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Robert Levin

Robert Levin

Former reporter Robert Levin covered the people, businesses, governmental and nonprofit agencies of Bar Harbor. [email protected]
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