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Mainers vote down ballot measure to create consumer-owned utility

  • Maine voters soundly rejected a proposal to replace the state's two utilities, Central Maine Power and Versant Power, with a publicly owned power company. The referendum, if approved, would have created the nonprofit utility Pine Tree Power to govern the grid.
  • Voters also decided to restore language about Maine's obligations to Native American tribes in the state's constitution, with the aim of honoring history and clarifying the state's responsibilities to Indigenous groups. The proposal received support from members of Maine's Native American tribes.
  • The referendum banning foreign government spending in local and state referendums is likely to be approved, making Maine the 10th state to implement such a ban. This comes after reports of Canadian-government-owned Hydro Quebec donating millions to influence a cross-border hydropower transmission project.
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