This bill authorizes the issuance of bonds in the amount of $30,000,000, to be
matched by $31,000,000 in other funds, to:
1. Establish a Maine center for marine economy coordinated and managed by the University of New England in partnership with public sector and private sector marine research centers and marine industries throughout the State, including but not limited to the Southern Maine Community College; the University of Maine at Machias, Downeast Institute of Applied Marine Research and Education; and the Cobscook Community Learning Center, to facilitate the growth of business and commercial enterprises that create jobs in Maines marine economy and related industries and interests through capital investments in a shared marine research and resource vessel; infrastructure and equipment to support the vessel and its statewide operations; expanded facilities statewide to support collaboration and commercialization; and infrastructure and equipment for experimental sea- and land-based sustainable aquaculture sites located around the State; and
2. Establish at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor a center for biometric analysis
using state-of-the-art technologies to expand the State's research capabilities in the area of medical analytics, make the State a global resource for precision medicine, improve the State's capacity to attract and retain young professionals and facilitate additional grant funding, private sector investment, job growth and economic activity in the State.
Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue, to be awarded through a competitive process and to be matched by $11,000,000 in private and other funds, to build a research center and to discover genetic solutions for cancer and the diseases of aging, to promote job growth and private sector investment in this State, to attract and retain young professionals and make the State a global leader in genomic medicine?