“I believe that a gaming facility in Southern Maine would benefit most of the people throughout the state,” says Silliboy. He also notes that a York County gaming facility will enable the Micmacs to pursue new economic development, and “bring jobs, education opportunities, tax relief and tourism to the state of Maine.”
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“We’re excited to have the support of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs, particularly since Question 1 will create new economic benefits for Native American tribes and residents throughout Maine,” said Maine resident and Progress for Maine spokeswoman Rebecca Foster. “A gaming and entertainment center in York County creates so many opportunities for taxpayers, job seekers and business owners across the state. We hope Maine voters will join us in voting Yes on Question 1 to keep jobs, tourism and tax revenue in Maine.”
Kentucky-based Churchill Downs Inc. (CDI)—an opponent of Question 1—has tried to limit Native American support for a York County gaming and entertainment venue. These same opponents added a “poison pill” into a Maine law that will allow CDI to cut off funding from the Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribes should Question 1 pass. Both tribes currently receive funding from the Oxford Casino and Question 1 gives them another $1 million a year—bringing the total to Passamaquoddy and Penobscot to over $3 million from gaming in Maine. The Aroostook Band of Micmacs were excluded and that is why the backers of Yes on 1 reached out to find a solution to this treatment by CDI and its lobbying firm of Preti-Flaherty.
The proposed York County gaming and entertainment venue would: create 2,165 permanent jobs and 2,767 construction jobs; generate $64.4 million in new household earnings from operation of the casino, and more than $100 million in household earnings from construction; and create at least $45 million a year in tax revenue for the state. Portions of that revenue will be dedicated to funding for Native American tribes, Maine veterans, property tax relief, senior citizens and other priorities.
About Progress for Maine: For Jobs. For Schools. For Tax Relief.
Progress for Maine is dedicated to economic development and job growth in York County and across the entire state through the establishment of a new gaming and entertainment destination in the York County area. Progress for Maine supports a “Yes” vote on Question 1 on the statewide ballot in November. For more information visit www.ProgressforMaine.com and follow the campaign on Facebook and Twitter.
About the Aroostook Band of Micmacs
The majority of the more than 1240 members of the Aroostook Band of Micmacs live within Aroostook County, located in Northern Maine. Micmacs have traditionally occupied the lands south and east of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence, the Maritime Provinces and other regions along the Atlantic Seaboard of Northeastern America. The Micmac Nation, today, is composed of seven districts with 29 bands and a population of approximately 30 thousand. More information about the tribe can be found at: http://www.micmac-nsn.gov/
SOURCE Progress for Maine
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