The state should allow a casino in Lewiston because it would create many jobs and it would give Maine more tax revenue, instead of having that money going out of state.
Instead of paying for travel and spending money in other states, a person could stay here in Maine and have Maine benefit from the money. In the end, it could be a flow; you go to a casino and gamble, than most of the money would go to making Maine better and, perhaps, more casinos would be built closer.
It might also make people want to come to Maine to go to the casinos and give Maine even more money. It could strengthen Maine's economy, even the United States' economy. If more people come to Lewiston to live because of new jobs, the local taxes might be lowered.
Dan Thayer, chairman of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council Board of Directors, said, "The casino project will create new jobs that pay a livable wage, bring significant capital investments to an underutilized area, enhance the local property tax base and provide a downtown destination attraction without detracting from the community's economic vitality, diverse business mix and its historic character.”
Larry Gilbert, former mayor of Lewiston said, “Where else in Maine have we seen job creation such as this?"
While there are some drawbacks, I feel that, overall, the Lewiston-Auburn area would benefit from having a casino.
Koby Humason-Fulgham, Auburn