Say YES to better education and more jobs.Let’s keep opportunity right here in Maine!
On Election Day, November 7, 2017, Maine residents will have the chance to vote on Question 1, a measure that will allow the establishment of a mid-sized gaming facility and convention center in York County. The project will help create thousands of direct and indirect jobs, and long-term career opportunities in the region. The proposed facility will generate tens of millions in revenue annually without raising taxes. These tax dollars will fund programs that support K-12 education, college scholarships, drug education, our veterans, Native American tribes, senior citizens, agriculture, and more.
On Election Day, November 7, 2017, Maine residents will have an opportunity to vote Yes on Question 1, a measure that will allow for a new gaming and entertainment venue in York County. In addition to gaming, the new entertainment venue would also feature a convention center, which is designed for concerts, county fairs, farmer’s markets, community events, and more. According to a new economic impact study, a new gaming and entertainment venue in York County will create 2,165 permanent job positions and 2,767 construction jobs. The study also projects that the gaming and entertainment venue will boost household earnings by $183.2 million and contribute $248.1 million in tax revenues over the first five years of operation. This will fund programs that support K-12 education, college scholarships, drug education, our veterans, Native American tribes, senior citizens, agriculture, and more — without raising taxes. What will the facility look like? See for yourself.
We will grow together by making progress toward a stronger economy.
Since its approval in 2003, gaming in Maine has generated hundreds-of-millions to support our health and education systems while providing funds for vital programs without raising taxes. The existing venues in Bangor and Oxford have created jobs for Mainers and contributed to our economy greatly. Now, we have the opportunity to multiply these benefits. A new entertainment center in York County will help revive the local economy and add more to the revenue that flows into our state.
Let's help the host community work as an economic engine for our State.
A YES vote is just a first step. It makes a gaming venue license available in York County. But, the law requires the local community must also vote to approve the entertainment venue in their town. That means the local residents approve it and not out-of-state interests. There are several communities in York County that want a new entertainment venue and they should get a chance to vote to build one if a majority in that town supports it.
If we support the towns in York County that already want to host a new gaming and entertainment venue, we can help grow local businesses, promote tourism, and contribute to our state’s economy. That means year round jobs.
Tourism is one of Maine’s largest industries, employing about 106,000 people — or one out of every six jobs in our state. However, the short season, combined with the weakening of the Canadian dollar, means that our tourism industry isn’t as strong as it could be. By saying YES to a new gaming and entertainment venue — a new gathering spot for York County — we will be supporting not only the hotels and surrounding local businesses of the hosting community in southern Maine, but also the tourism industry of our state. The proposed gaming facility and convention center will bring year-round activity to the region and a whole new attraction point for tourists from New England, Quebec, and New Brunswick.
We can keep the revenue and opportunity within our boundaries.
Maine is not the only state that experienced and acknowledged the benefits of having gaming and entertainment venues. More and more states take the initiative to build new facilities that would create job opportunities for their residents and provide funding for their education programs. Our neighboring states are also investing heavily in new projects, including a $2.5 billion dollar venue under construction in Boston, which might take tourists, careers, and money away from Maine. The proposed gaming and entertainment venue in York County holds great significance in terms of keeping our work force and revenue from flowing out-of-state towards the South.
Maine needs more revenue sources to take the burden off the Maine residents. A new gaming and entertainment venue in York County could bring in 100 million dollars in new revenue a year by itself. Voting YES could double the revenues Maine venues bring in and dedicate additional funding to K-12 education, property tax relief, and assistance to veterans, the aging and disabled, and the fight against drug addiction.