Maine Secretary of State finalizes Casino Ballot Question
AUGUSTA, Maine: Yesterday, Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap unveiled the finalized version of the Maine Oxford Casino Initiative. 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.
The final version of the casino question reads:
"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?"
- Associated Press,"Maine secretary of state decides upon final wording of casino initiative question," June 3, 2010
- The Portland Press Herald,"New casino in Maine? Voters get to decide," accessed April 6, 2010
- Maine Public Broadcasting Network,"Dunlap Unveils Final Oxford Casino Ballot Question," June 3, 2010