As many of you know, I am opposed casinos coming to Maine. I know many of my friends disagree and I respect that. I think these differences are one of the great things about living in the U.S.
But even casino supporters will probably think twice about Question 2 after reading this news brief in MaineBiz:
Casino sides battle
A group of state legislators held a news conference yesterday in Portland to speak out against Maine’s proposed casino referendum, prompting a reaction from casino supporters.
The lawmakers, including House Speaker Glenn Cummings (D-Portland), voiced concerns over certain elements of the referendum that, if approved by voters on Nov. 4, would allow Las Vegas-based Olympia Gaming to locate a four-season casino resort in Oxford. They criticized provisions in the referendum that would lower the gambling age from 21 to 19, put a 10-year moratorium on other casinos in the state and require casino representatives be given a seat on the board of every state entity that receives revenue from the gambling operations, according to the Portland Press Herald.
Pat LaMarche, spokeswoman for the Vote Yes on 2 for Maine campaign, told the legislators at the event that they were standing in the way of job creation, the paper reported.
- Lowering the gambling age to below the drinking age?
- Blocking any competition for a decade?
- Requiring the casino has voting representation on the board of any entity that receives revenue?
Who do these folks think they are? People who live in this state don’t even get deals like that!
Even if you’re pro-casinos, I’d hope you’d consider voting “No” on Question 2. It just gives too much away.