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Maine Vocational-Technical Institutes System Capital Improvements, Question 5 (1989)

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The Maine Vocational-Technical Institutes System Capital Improvements Bond Issue, also known as , was on the November 7, 1989 ballot in Maine as a legislatively-referred bond question, where it was approved.[1] The measure issued $20,210,600 in bonds to make capital improvements at all campuses of the Maine Vocational-Technical Institute System. The estimated interest on the bonds at 6.75 percent over 15 years was $10,913,724. The measure allocated $100,000 for campus development and planning study as well as the following amounts for capital improvements at the specific campuses: $4,570,000 for Central Maine, $1,600,000 for Eastern Maine, $3,296,000 for Kennebec Valley, $2,584,600 and $1,400,000 for Northern Maine and $2,400,000 for Washington County. An additional $4,260,000 was allocated for property acquisition and capital improvements at the Southern Maine location.[2][3]

Election results

Maine Question 5 (1989)
Approveda Yes 139,124 59.38%

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:[3]

Shall a bond issue be authorized in the amount of $20,210,600 to make capital improvements at all campuses of the Maine Vocational-Technical Institute System? [4]


  • Democratic Party Rep. Dan A. Gwadosky

State Representative Dan A. Gwadosky wrote an editorial in favor of the bond issue. He stated in that article,

The VIT System's ability to meet the needs of the growing number of so-called "non-traditional" students, including displaced workers, women, older workers, and the handicapped, is, I believe, of particular importance. For these students, as well as for recent high school graduates, the VTIs provide an essential alternative to a university education. [4]

—Rep. Dan A. Gwadosky [5]

Media editorial positions


  • Bangor Daily News said,

Something very important for Maine voters to consider:95 percent of graduates stay in state after attending a vocational institute.

They learn here. They earn here. They live here. They stay here.

This system is an important part of the lives of Maine's people and their economy. Vote "YES." [4]

—Bangor Daily News Editorial [6]

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