Gov. Paul LePage has vowed to fight for bonds aimed at attracting young people and supporting research and development.

The governor on a Tuesday radio appearance expressed frustration with fellow Republicans opposed to such efforts.

A $40 million bond would help pay off student loans for those who agree to live and work in Maine for five years. A $55 million bond would help companies commercialize products through research and development.

LePage called the debt relief bond a long-term investment in the rapidly aging state that could pay off in a decade.

Lawmakers are set to return Wednesday for bonds and vetoes.

LePage predicted lawmakers would override his vetoes of legislation aimed at banning hand-held devices for drivers and raising the age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21.

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