Yes on 5

To the Editor:

On Nov. 4, Maine voters will have the opportunity to support economic growth and workforce training so our young people can stay in Maine. I’m voting yes on Question 5 to help Maine build a 21st century workforce and attract innovative, technology-based businesses with good jobs, something that is so desperately needed in Maine.

Question 5 asks voters to approve a $3-million bond. If it passes, the bond will be awarded competitively and matched by $5.7-million in private and public funds. These funds will be used to train a bio-medical technology workforce for Maine, create high quality jobs and develop faster, more efficient therapies for treating chronic and age-related diseases right here in our own state.

The MDI Biological Laboratory will apply for these funds and, if successful, will use them to construct a 3,000-square-foot training laboratory on its campus in Salisbury Cove. The lab has a solid record of training Maine students for 21st century jobs, with a research training program that reaches across the state and has brought tens of millions of federal dollars to more than a dozen institutions from South Portland to Fort Kent.

Yes on Question 5 also means support for critical research that focuses on developing new treatments for many of Maine’s most common – and expensive – health problems

We will all benefit from Question 5. I urge you to join me in voting yes on 5 for good jobs and longer, healthier lives.

Matthew R. Horton

Bar Harbor

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