AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's governor says supporters of an effort to bring a third casino to the state are using overblown estimates of its economic impact to persuade people to vote yes in an upcoming referendum.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage says a proposed York County casino would be a "phony deal" for the state, mostly drawing money away from casinos in Bangor and Oxford. He called the pro-casino effort a "bait-and-switch" that is overpromising on jobs and tax revenues.
The group Progress for Maine says the casino would create more than 2,000 jobs and generate $45 million yearly in new tax revenue. They accused LePage of being influenced by the owners of the Oxford Casino, who have donated to Republicans.
A referendum is scheduled for Nov. 7.