Letter: Cape Elizabeth lawmaker backs bonds for schools

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The future of Maine starts with our students – our future workforce. If we are serious about building a stronger state, lawmakers ought to invest in bonds that will help equip our kids with the skills necessary to compete in the job market and keep our schools safe.

Now that the Legislature is back in session, my colleagues and I are set to take up a number of bonds to meet the growing needs of our state, from fixing our infrastructure to expanding broadband in rural areas. But we also have an important opportunity to repair or renovate school facilities, update career and technology centers and strengthen our university and community college systems. Without this funding, I fear our students will not be prepared to enter the workforce after school.

Many of our schools don’t have the funds to make necessary security upgrades, and many career and technology centers don’t have equipment that reflects industry standards and best practices. Maine’s community colleges and university system have plans to attract and retain qualified young people. We need to make these changes so our children don’t fall behind. As a member of the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, I hear a lot from parents and business owners about the lack of young people and workforce shortages. The good news is, we can do something about it that both Democrats and Republicans can agree on.

I hope my colleagues will join me in supporting bonds that will grow and strengthen our workforce and economy.

State Sen. Rebecca Millett, District 29
Cape Elizabeth