September 27, 2021

Sen. Vitelli: Investing in Maine’s people and economy

On Monday, July 19, the Legislature adjourned sine die, or “without day,” finally wrapping a long, complicated but ultimately rewarding session. One of the last bills we voted on for the year was also one of the most important: LD 1733 directs how nearly $1 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) will be spent to help Maine’s people and economy build back better. There are a variety of significant programs that this money will fund, and I wanted to share with you some of those.

For starters, we used this once-in-a-lifetime influx of federal funds to invest in our heritage industries, including farming, fishing and forestry. These are industries that have been the foundation of Maine’s economy for generations and helped shape our state’s character. LD 1733 provides $20 million in investments in Maine’s farms and food processors, driving growth…

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