PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine voters have approved three bond referendums, rejecting opponents' claims they would strap the state with too much long-term debt.
A fourth bond package bringing the total to $108 million also had a narrow lead as votes were tallied Tuesday night.
Supporters say the borrowing package would create hundreds of jobs at a time when the state is still recovering from the recession.
The approved bonds cover a variety of projects from highways to a deep-water wind-power demonstration site. They also would buy and preserve a railroad that's considered a lifeline to Aroostook County industries and complete the Ocean Gateway pier in Portland.
Overall, the four bonds would draw nearly $97 million in matching funds.