"A strong efficient transportation network is vital to the economic success of Maine," his campaign literature read. "Paul knows that transportation dollars are limited and valuable. As Governor, Paul will make sure our transportation dollars are spent wisely and efficiently."

And on Monday, LePage press secretary Adrienne Bennett said "the governor will not be taking a position on LD 673 at this time."

However, according to the Bangor Daily News, LePage said last week that "tolls paid by users of the Maine Turnpike could be used to fund other transportation projects, including repairs to Memorial Bridge in Kittery and a long-discussed east-west highway."

That's heartening to LD 673 supporters. They're also eager to work with former state legislator and gubernatorial candidate Peter Mills, who was chosen last week to serve as interim director of the MTA after the former director resigned amid questions about agency spending. "The problem we've encountered before is that the Turnpike Authority had been, until this winter, staffed with a lot of people who were not open to change and innovation," MilNeil says. "I'm personally really encouraged that we've got Peter Mills in there."

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