Senator Collins discusses plans with Bangor city officials

BANGOR, Maine (WABI) – Senator Susan Collins met with Bangor city officials Monday at an annual meeting.

Officials thanked Collins for federal funding that helped maintain public transit and the airport in Bangor, as well as the Cross Insurance Center to pay off debts.

Collins detailed his support for the Bangor National Guard’s Air Refueling Wing in its quest for increased funding.

She also added that keeping schools open is one of her main goals.

Bangor Police Chief Mark Hathaway asked for help in helping Bangor’s homeless population, especially with the telehealth model for mental health professionals.

Collins agreed, adding that this is only possible with extended broadband.

“My view is that we’re in the middle of the pandemic, we have growing mental health issues, and I think we’re going to have to encourage more reciprocity between states, or at least a system where there’s a less onerous process to obtain a license if you are licensed in another state,” said Sen. Collins.

Collins also mentioned several spending programs for Bangor that she supports, but noted that they could only be accomplished with a “true appropriations bill” from Congress.

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