Federal and State Funds to Support Maine Climate Action Plan’s Transportation and Broadband Goals

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The four-year funding report, entitled New Funding Proposals to Support Climate Action, identifies how three recently approved funding streams will help Maine achieve its climate change mitigation and adaptation targets:

  1. The Maine Jobs and Recovery Plan for over $1 billion in federal relief funds;
  2. $140 million bond package presented by Governor Mills; and
  3. State of Maine Supplemental Budget (FY 2022-2023)

Among other priorities, the electrification of the transportation sector is the focus for over $160M of the Maine Jobs & Recovery Plan, including the following three initiatives:

  1. Establishing the Maine Connectivity Authority to ensure universal access to broadband ($150M);
  2. Launching a workforce transportation pilot ($5M); and
  3. Expanding municipal and public electric vehicle charging stations ($8M)

The Governor’s bond package and the State’s Supplemental Budget also fund climate change adaptation and mitigation investments in improving rural transit, broadband, and land and water conservation.

A summary of the GEO’s and Office of Policy Innovation and the Future’s presentation to the EUT is available here.

DISCLAIMER: Because of the generality of this update, the information provided herein may not be applicable in all situations and should not be acted upon without specific legal advice based on particular situations.

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