SABATTUS (AP) — Gov. John Baldacci took to the road to boast about Maine’s success in meeting goals of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Baldacci administration officials say that according to the federal government, Maine is the first state to commit and advertise 100 percent of its highway and bridge funds.

Officials said Wednesday that data collected from mid-June shows that Maine had 30 bridge and highway recovery projects under way, accounting for 757 jobs. A total of $130.7 million was awarded to Maine from the recovery act.

Speaking in Sabattus, Baldacci said recovery act projects build a foundation for long-term economic growth.

Earlier this week, the Maine Department of Education began issuing $24 million of federal recovery act funds to school systems.


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