PORTLAND, Maine — Maine’s Republican governor is vowing to fight for bonds aimed at attracting young people and supporting research and development.
Gov. Paul LePage on a Tuesday radio appearance expressed frustration with fellow Republicans opposed to such efforts.
A $40 million bond would help pay off student loans for those who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. A $55 million bond would help companies commercialize products through research and development.
LePage called the debt relief bond a long-term investment in the rapidly aging state that could pay off in a decade.
Lawmakers are set to return Wednesday for bonds and vetoes.
LePage predicted lawmakers would override his vetoes of legislation aimed at banning hand-held devices for drivers and raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.