April 05, 2020
BANGOR DAILY NEWS (BANGOR, MAINE

Spending the surplus

Regarding the state of Maine’s “surplus”:

Why not use it to pay off some of the state debt which has accumulated over the years?

Every individual who is carrying a debt burden via credit card balances, auto and-or appliance loans, etc., is strongly advised by all financial boffins that the thing to do with a windfall of dollars is to reduce his debt and, hence, reduce his interest burdens. If this is good advice for the individual, why is it not just as good for the state? Patrick S. Raspante Surry

Wouldn’t it be nice if the state would take some of the surplus money and paint lines along the edge of the pavement so we could see where the ditches are? And wouldn’t it be nice if the Department of Transportation supervisors would carry a little cold patch in the back of their pick-ups and fill a few of the potholes in the pavement? They must hit them the same as we do. Urban Hughes Houlton


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