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Navajo Nation voters reject transportation stimulus plan

Navajo Nation voters reject transportation stimulus plan Photo: Jon Austria / Farmington Daily Times

The Associated Press
October 25, 2017 12:02 PM

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Navajo Nation voters overwhelmingly rejected a referendum that proposed $216 million to fund a transportation stimulus plan to improve roads and bridges over a six-year period.

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Unofficial results from all 110 chapter precincts show nearly 15,000 people voted against the ballot question Tuesday while approximately 4,300 voted in favor.

The proposal would have been funded by the principal of the Permanent Trust Fund, which was a point of contention.

The Daily Times reports that chapter members in Shiprock passed a resolution earlier this month opposing the ballot question. They said using the principal to fund the stimulus plan went against its intent.

Other opponents voiced concerns that the plan would not do enough and the funding would not be shared equally.

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