Maine panel continues work on highway funding gap solution

Work continues in Maine for a state commission tasked with reaching agreement on how to address a highway funding gap estimated to be as much as $230 million annually.

The Blue Ribbon Commission to Study and Recommend Funding Solutions was formed last summer to discuss and ultimately recommend how to cover the funding gap. The group comprised of government officials and industry experts was expected to write a report that includes recommendations for the beginning of the regular session that begins Wednesday, Jan. 8.

Currently, the state relies on annually borrowing to cover the highway budget. During the past 12 years, voters have approved transportation bond issues nine times with a combined total of $778 million.

Panel members are hopeful to find a better way to address funding needs.