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Economic Recovery Committee delivers billion dollar recommendations to Governor Mills

The committee is expected to issue a final report in December.
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 6:36 AM EDT
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BANGOR, Maine (WABI) -The state Economic Recovery Committee delivered $1.1 billion in recommendations to Governor Janet Mills on how to stabilize and support the state’s economy impacted by the pandemic. The funding would support Maine’s people, employers, and infrastructure.

The report from the committee suggests half a billion dollars divided into categories supporting public health, child care, schools, housing, and immigrant workers. Another $430 million would support employers and workforce development. Finally, $165 million is recommended to expand broadband access and transportation projects.

In a statement, Mills said, in part, "In the coming weeks, my administration will work with the legislature and others to further examine these recommendations and chart a path forward." The report acknowledges that the funding for these measures may not be available and highlights the need for federal support.

The committee is expected to issue a final report in December.

Governor Mills created the Economic Recovery Committee in May.

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