Bond question: Should Maine borrow $10 million to help find a cure for cancer?

In November, Maine voters will decide whether to spend $10 million of taxpayer money to pay for research aimed at finding a cure for cancer. Many of those voters likely know and love victims of the disease, as supporters of the Question 4 bond question point out. But some urge voters to think beyond the ballot question’s worthy goal to the health of the state’s bottom line. In light of formidable budget constraints — including a looming $70 million shortfall in the state university system — can Maine afford to borrow millions for medical research? Read more

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