Study: Maine's economy could sustain 1 or 2 more casinos depending on size and location

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AUGUSTA, Maine — A study commissioned by the Legislature suggests that Maine could sustain more casinos depending on their size and location.

The study released Aug. 30 shows the state's economy could handle one more casino as long as it is in southern Maine, close to Interstate 95 and popular summer tourist attractions.

The study also suggests a smaller casino in northern Maine, in either Washington or Aroostook county, close to the Canadian border.

Members of the Legislature's Veterans and Legal Affairs Committee are expected to review the study Sept. 10.

Republican State Sen. Garrett Mason of Lisbon tells the Sun Journal (http://bit.ly/1xadrQR ) the $110,000 study gives lawmakers a clean slate for developing workable policy proposals that aren't based on a particular set of constituents' desires.

Maine already has casinos in Oxford and Bangor.


Information from: Sun-Journal, http://www.sunjournal.com

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