AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) - Maine's new state treasurer is vowing to try and persuade Gov. Paul LePage to sell bonds that were approved by voters in November.
After being sworn into office Monday in a State House ceremony, Neria Douglass said it's time for the governor to allow $64 million worth of bonds to be sold that were approved by voters. The bond money is earmarked for transportation projects, land conservation, public drinking water systems and wastewater treatment facilities.
Douglas said releasing the bonds would help Maine's economy and follow the wishes of voters.
LePage has said he won't allow the bonds to be sold until the state's financial condition improves.
Besides Douglass, incoming Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap, Attorney General Janet Mills and state Auditor Pola Buckley were also sworn into office.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)