A measure to restrict bear hunting in Maine will be the first question on Maine's statewide ballot in November. That's according to Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap, who conducted a drawing today to determine the order of seven questions on the ballot, which voters will weigh in on Nov. 4.
The bear initiative asks: "Do you want to ban the use of bait, dogs or traps in bear hunting except to protect property, public safety, or for research?"
Next in line will be a measure to provide $8 million in bond funding for Maine agriculture, natural resources-based development, and the creation of a laboratory run by the University of Maine's Cooperative Extension Service to monitor health threats from insects such as ticks and mosquitoes.
The rest of the questions - in the order in which they will appear on the ballot - include:
Question 3: "Do you favor a bond issue to provide $4,000,000 in funds to insure portions of loans to small businesses to spur investment and innovation and to provide $8,000,000 in funds to make flexible loans to small businesses to create jobs, revitalize downtowns and strengthen the rural economy?"
Question 4: "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?"
Question 5: "Do you favor a $3,000,000 bond issue, to be awarded through a competitive process and to be matched by $5,700,000 in private and public funds, to modernize and expand infrastructure in a biological laboratory specializing in tissue repair and regeneration located in the State in order to increase biotechnology workforce training, retain and recruit to the State multiple biomedical research and development groups and create a drug discovery and development facility that will improve human health and stimulate biotechnology job growth and economic activity?"
Question 6: "Do you favor a $10,000,000 bond issue to ensure clean water and safe communities across Maine; to protect drinking water sources; to restore wetlands; to create jobs and vital public infrastructure; and to strengthen the State’s long-term economic base and competitive advantage?"
Question 7: "Do you favor a $7,000,000 bond issue to facilitate the growth of marine businesses and commercial enterprises that create jobs and improve the sustainability of the State’s marine economy and related industries through capital investments, to be matched by at least $7,000,000 in private and other funds?"