Members of Maine’s congressional delegation submitted roughly 500 earmark requests at greater than $900 million for the subsequent yr, with the potential to fund initiatives from Kittery to the Allagash.
It’s the second yr that members have been in a position to submit congressionally directed spending requests for native initiatives. The requests will make up a tiny share of the federal spending invoice however can go far in communities the place funding might in any other case be exhausting to safe. Not all funding requests will get cash within the closing invoice, however greater than 100 Maine initiatives have been funded final yr.
All 4 members of Maine’s congressional delegation submitted extra requests for the approaching yr than the yr prior. Home members have been solely permitted to submit 10 requests final yr; this yr, the quantity rose to fifteen. Each Reps. Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden submitted that increased complete. Senators can submit as many requests as they want.
Some earmarks obtained backing from a number of members of the delegation. For instance, Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King each requested $16 million — among the many delegation’s largest requests — to rehabilitate Route 15 from Abbot to Greenville in Piscataquis County.
The price of every earmark ranges from $17,000 requested by Collins to increase the College of Maine Regulation Faculty’s authorized support clinic to $19.4 million requested by King to design and set up a PFAS therapy facility in Madison.
Final yr, Collins and King ranked, respectively, seventeenth and twenty third out of all 100 senators when it comes to the full cash introduced again to Maine by means of the earmark course of, in keeping with the New York Occasions. Pingree and Golden have been within the center amongst representatives.
Use the desk beneath to see the total record of earmarks requested.
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