AUGUSTA (AP) — Gov. Paul LePage says he plans to veto a $15 million bond proposal to support the construction of more affordable senior housing across Maine.

LePage signed an $85 million bond proposal for road and bridge repairs on Wednesday.

But he told the Maine Public Broadcasting Network (http://bit.ly/1f8vekI ) that Democratic House Speaker Mark Eves’ proposed bond is unnecessary because the Maine State House Authority can already issue bonds for senior housing. He called it a “feel-good bill.”

Eves is urging his colleagues to overturn LePage’s veto when they reconvene on July 16. He said Friday that building more affordable housing will allow seniors, who don’t want to be forced into costly nursing homes, to live independently.

Voters would have the final say on the November ballot.


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