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Maine Secretary of State finalizes Casino Ballot Question

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June 4, 2010

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AUGUSTA, Maine: Yesterday, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap unveiled the finalized version of the Maine Oxford Casino Initiative.[1] It is scheduled to appear on the November 2, 2010 statewide ballot. The measure calls for a casino in Oxford, Maine. According to reports, the initiative would dedicate 46% of net income from slot machines and 16% of net income from table games to the state. The state would be required to allocate gambling revenues as follows: 25% for K-12 education, 4% for the University of Maine system scholarship fund, 3% for the Maine Community College system scholarships fund and 4% to the Penobscot Nation and the Passamaquoddy Tribe. Funds would also be distributed to the municipality where the casino operates and gambling-addiction counseling services.[2]

The final version of the casino question reads:[3]

"Do you want to allow a casino with table games and slot machines at a single site in Oxford County, subject to local approval, with part of the profits going to specific state, local and tribal programs?"

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