Voters say "yes"
to new casino in Maine
After voters in Maine rejected casino proposals in the
past years, the Tuesday's election gave green light to building
a full-fledged casino in the state. Passing with almost 51% of
the voters saying "yes" the law would allow the local Black Bear
Entertainment LLC to build a casino in the western town of
Oxford, a proposal that was rejected by Mainers in 2008.
According to one of the investors in the
Black Bear Entertainment LLC, a company comprised of local
business owners, the bleak economy outlook and the unemployment
in the state changed the minds of the locals on building a
casino in the state. Hundreds of new jobs are expected to become
available once the casino starts to function and increase the
flow to the state's coffers.
The proposal is to invest over $165
million into building and making the new casino operational,
although at this point the exact site of the future casino
remains unknown. This helps fuel the questions about the
proposal being constitutional, since the law includes a
provision that would ban the opening of a new casino within 100
miles radius from the one operated by Black Bear Entertainment
LLC. "They may end up putting up a barn full of slot
machines, but the idea that Oxford is going to turn into Las
Vegas-east is pretty unlikely," Dennis Bailey, executive
director of the CasinosNo! anti-casino group was quoted.
If everything goes as planed, the new
casino will also be the first "real" casino in Maine. At this
time the state enjoys only the
Hollywood Slots Casino in Bangor,
which consists of 1,000+ slot machines, but table games are not