"Other Voices" piece by state senator Sharon Treat, D-Gardiner, critical of Gov


Christina Tree


Maine Times






"Other Voices" piece by state senator Sharon Treat, D-Gardiner, critical of Gov. Angus King's proposal to place $50 million into a trust to be used to purchase a laptop commuter for every seventh grader in the school, and explaining that a plan put together by herself and Sens. Carol Kontos and Beverly Daggett will fund school repairs, renovations and new construction, while also addressing technological needs. The plan would raise the debt ceiling to $84 million, an increase of $10 million, in order leverage $100 million for new construction; increase the revolving renovation fund $7 million above the $20 million recommended in the governor's proposed $20 million; use $33 million of surplus funds to pay down the state's school construction debt so that more priority projects could be funded; and establish the Educational and Technology Endowment using $10 million of surplus funds added to $5 million from the school and library technology escrow account to to create a $15 million endowment that would seek matching grants and would be use to improve acceess to and utilization of technology, including laptops.


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