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Home health care, bonds on statewide ballot in Maine

November 6, 2018

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Mainers are deciding on a proposal to raise taxes to provide universal home care and bond initiatives totaling $200 million on Election Day.

The first-of-its-kind home health care referendum calls for a 3.8 percent tax increase to provide home care for all Maine seniors and individuals with disabilities regardless of income.

The referendum question has drawn strong criticism from home care agencies, health care and business associations, and all three gubernatorial candidates. Critics say the referendum’s language would mean higher taxes for all families earning over $128,400.

The four borrowing proposals would mitigate wastewater pollution, upgrade transportation infrastructure and fund improvements at colleges and universities.

A transportation bond would spend $106 million for maintenance of the state’s roads and bridges. The bulk of the money, $80 million, would be directed to busy roadways in greatest need of repair.

The other bonds would provide $30 million for wastewater projects, $49 million to the University of Maine System and $15 million for Maine community colleges.

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