Maine Transportation Improvements, Question 6 (2009)
The Maine Transportation Improvements Bond Issue, also known as Question 6, was on the November 3, 2009 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved. The measure issued $71,250,000 in bonds for transportation programs and projects. The bonds, in turn, would make the state eligible for more than $148 million in federal funds.
The bill was proposed by Gov. John Baldacci and sponsored by House Majority Speaker Hannah Pingree. The House and the Senate both passed the bill on June 13, 2009. Shortly thereafter, the bill was signed by the governor. However, the bill had to be enacted by the voters.
|Maine Question 6 (2009)|
Text of measure
The language appeared on the ballot as:
The following description of the intent and content of this ballot measure was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:
This Act would authorize the State to issue bonds in an amount not to exceed $71,250,000 to raise funds for a variety of projects, as described below. The bonds would run for a period not longer than 10 years from the date of issue and would be backed by the full faith and credit of the State. Fifty million dollars ($50,000,000) of the bond proceeds would be placed in the Highway Fund and the remainder would be in the General Fund.
The Department of Economic and Community Development would expend the remaining $1,500,000 of the proceeds of sale of the bonds to rebuild a bulkhead and wharf at the Gulf of Maine Research Institute in Portland.
If approved, the bond authorization would take effect 30 days after the Governor’s proclamation of the vote.
A statement of the Treasurer describing the financial considerations of this bond issue is published together with this statement.
A “YES” vote favors authorizing the $71,250,000 bond issue to finance all of the above activities.
A “NO” vote opposes the bond issue in its entirety. 
The following debt service was described in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:
Total estimated life time cost is $90,843,750 representing $71,250,000 in principal and $19,593,750 in interest (assuming interest at 5% over 10 years). 
The following fiscal impact statement was provided in the Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election:
This bond issue has no significant fiscal impact other than the debt service costs identified above. 
—Office of Fiscal and Program Review, 
Media editorial positions
- Main article: Endorsements of Maine ballot measures, 2009
- The Bangor Daily News said,
It may seem counterintuitive, but borrowing and spending money — especially on infrastructure — makes more sense during a recession than during boom times. Interest rates are low and the spending can create jobs here in Maine. And most compelling is that the physical improvements made by the bond funding serve as the nuts and bolts of a growing economy. That is why voters should support Question 6, a state bond that will fund projects around the state that affect most, if not all, residents. 
—Bangor Daily News, 
- The Sun Journal said,
None of what's proposed is particularly controversial, and most would trigger matching funds from private and public sources. The list of projects is a mix of the absolutely necessary — $55 million for roads and bridges, for example — and the sensibly discretionary, like installing a bulk cargo handling system at the port of Eastport and deepening the channel to Mack Point in Searsport. 
—Editorial Board, 
- The Seacoast Media Group said,
This one is a no-brainer. The state's roads and bridges are in deplorable condition, and the Legislature cut its funding to the Department of Transportation earlier this year. The DOT needs this money if the state's decaying infrastructure is not to fall into even further disrepair. It is a necessary investment in Maine. Moreover, it leverages $148 million in federal and other funds. Vote YES on Question 6. 
—Seacoast Media Group, 
- Maine 2009 ballot measures
- 2009 ballot measures
- List of Maine ballot measures
- History of Initiative & Referendum in Maine
- Bond Question (Part A of Ch. 414, Public Laws of 2009)
- 2009 Maine Ballot Measures Details
- 2009 Maine Ballot Measures Voter Guide
- 2009 Maine Ballot Measures Election Results
- Maine Secretary of State, Division of Elections, "Maine Citizen's Guide to the Referendum Election, Tuesday, November 3, 2009," accessed May 13, 2014
- Maine Secretary of State, Elections Division, "Referendum Election Tabulations, November 3, 2009," accessed May 13, 2014
- Maine Legislature, "Status Summary of LD 913," accessed August 25, 2009
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Maine Campaign Finance, "Question 6 funds," accessed October 29, 2009
- Follow the Money, "Maine 2009 Ballot Measures Question 6," accessed May 13, 2014
- Bangor Daily News, "Yes on Question 6," October 23, 2009
- Sun Journal, "Question 6: Timing's right, so is return," October 27, 2009
- Seacoast Media Group, "Our take on state ballot questions," October 28, 2009