Maine Science and Technology Research and Development, Question 1 (1998)

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The Maine Science and Technology Research and Development Bond Issue, also known as Question 1, was on the November 3, 1998 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $20 million in bonds to support applied research and development in biotechnology, aquaculture and marine sciences, information technologies, advanced materials and advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture. Specifically, $13.5 million would be used by the University of Maine System for capital improvements and equipment purchases to support research and development in marine sciences, biotechnology, software engineering and development, advanced technologies for forestry and agriculture, and advanced materials engineering and development. The cost of designing and constructing the Gulf of Maine Aquarium Research Facility was allocated $2 million. The Maine Science and Technology Foundation received $3 million to create a Marine Technology Fund. The remaining $1.5 million was allocated to provide research challenge grants to enhance research and development capacity and productivity in for-profit, nonprofit and academic research institutions. The estimated interest on these bonds at 5.1 percent over 20 years was $10.71 million.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Question 1 (1998)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 250,506 62.59%
No149,71037.41%

Election results via: Maine State Law and Legislative Reference Library, Votes on Maine Bond Issues, 1951-

Text of measure

The language appeared on the ballot as:[2]

QUESTION 1: BOND ISSUE

Do you favor a $20,000,000 bond issue to improve the Maine economy by supporting innovative research and development by businesses and nonprofit and educational institutions in the fields of biotechnology, computers and other information technology, aquaculture and marine technology, forestry and agriculture and advanced materials? [4]

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