As a member of the House Transportation Committee, I get some data, such as the following. It is not detailed as to what or where these jobs are, but it does suggest that jobs are coming to Maine on infrastructure projects. I am a big proponent of infrastructure projects, not just bridge and road repairs, but also new construction projects throughout the state. MaineDOT Bid Information: In the past two weeks, Maine DOT has opened 25 bids on six projects with a total construction value of $26,701,766. National estimates indicate these contracts will provide direct jobs for 347 people. Since the beginning of 2021, the department has opened 61 bids on 16 projects with a total construction value of $44,166,740. National estimates indicate these contracts will provide direct jobs for 574 persons.
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Viewpoint: Time to improve rural public transportation - Mount Dese... https://www.mdislander.com/opinions/commentary/viewpoint-time-t... (Printed from url=https://www.mdislander.com/opinions/commentary/viewpoint-time-to-improve-rural-public-transportation) Viewpoint: Time to improve rural public transportation January 5, 2021 on Commentary , Opinion By Rep. Lynne Williams I am so pleased about my election to the Legislature, from House District 135, including the towns of Bar Harbor, Lamoine and Mount Desert. Thank you to everyone for giving me your trust and I will work hard to make that trust well-placed. I am pleased that I have been appointed to the Transportation Committee. I am a decades-long supporter of rail, and also of increasing and improving rural public transportation. During my campaign, I posted a short commercial on Facebook that had as its tagline: “What good is a
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WELCOME to State Representative Lynne Williams’ Blog. Using this medium to communicate, I hope to offer understandable information that will be useful in navigating many issues in the state, not the least of those issues being the pandemic. In this first blog post, I will focus on pandemic relief for Renters. As you may know, Congress FINALLY passed a CVOVID-19 Relief Bill. I certainly can’t say I read the 5500+ pages of this bill, but I have tried to gather information from groups and associations that support renters and have attempted to winnow the information down into an understandable and useful form. The CDC’s federal eviction moratorium has been extended through January 31, 2021. Yes, that is only about 6 weeks, so immediately after Congress returns to work, on or around January 3, 2021, they will need to extend this ban further. This short-term ban will provide much needed relief for renters, who are at risk of losing their homes. Emergency Rental Assistance, funded through th