Maine Dental Care Bonds Issue, Question 2 (2010)
- See also: 2010 ballot measure election results
|Question 2 (Dental Care Bonds)|
Official election results via the Maine Secretary of State.
Text of measure
The ballot language read as follows:
Do you favor a $5,000,000 bond issue to be awarded on a competitive basis to increase access to dental care in Maine, $3,500,000 to be used for a community-based teaching dental clinic affiliated with or operated by a college of dental medicine to be matched by $3,500,000 in other funds, and $1,500,000 to be used to create or upgrade community-based health and dental care clinics across the State to increase their capacity as teaching and dental clinics?
Supporters argued that it was imperative voters approve Question 2. According to supporters, 41% of Maine dentists were estimated to be at retirement age in the next decade and there weren't enough current dental students to fill the void.
Dr. David Drohan, the Chief Dental Officer at Penobscot Community Dental Clinic, said, "Maine itself as a state is an underserved area. The access to dental care is much worse than it is, say for example, for medical care. Probably nearly a quarter of a million people in this state are in underserved areas. What to do about that is something of a debate. But where we are now, is if we can provide that access to care, I think it will do a great deal to solve a lot of health problems here in the state."
No known opponents.
Media editorial positions
- Brunswick's The Time Record supported Question 2. The editorial board said, "A “yes” vote on Question 2 offers a long-term solution to that problem. It will train more dentists for our state and improve opportunities for dental care for thousands of Mainers. It’s a worthwhile and necessary investment."
- The Maine Campus was opposed to Question 2. In an editorial, the board said, "Clearly, the problem here is hardly the borrowing of the expenses, but rather what it is you are borrowing for. So when faced with the ballot and two smooth-talking, pricey bonds on election day, go for the favorite for all of Maine and leave the other out of the franchise. Vote no on Question 2 and yes on Question 3 and enjoy the natural Maine you’ve grown to love."
Path to the ballot
|Healthcare on the ballot in 2010|
To place the proposal on the ballot, the measure was required to receive at least a two-thirds vote in both the House and Senate. The measure was approved by the Maine Legislature and signed by the Governor on April 12, 2010, thus certifying it for the 2010 ballot.
- Maine Legislature,"LD 1826: An Act To Authorize Bond Issues for Ratification by the Voters for the June 2010 Election and November 2010 Election," accessed June 9, 2010
- Associated Press,"Maine voters to decide dental bond issue," October 6, 2010
- Maine Secretary of State,"Election information: November 2, 2010," accessed June 9, 2010
- WCSH6,"Health providers back Question 2," October 5, 2010
- Dentristy IQ,"Dental Care for ME - Yes on 2! Kick-Off is Planned for Oct. 6th," October 5, 2010
- Maine Public Broadcasting Network,"Bond Would Provide Critically-Needed Dental Care, Backers Say," October 5, 2010
- The Times Record,"‘No’ on Question 1," October 28, 2010
- The Maine Campus,"Endorsement: No on 2, Yes on 3: Mainers must be critical of bonds," October 21, 2010
- Maine Legislature,"LD1826 summary," accessed June 9, 2010
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