Lewiston’s poor economy

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As of 2017, Lewiston has resettled approximately 7,000 refugees. Figures from the city’s own website indicate there have been 3,000 jobs created. Now, I am no rocket scientist, but that seems to be a negative number in employment.

How can people get off general assistance with no jobs available? This isn’t race or religion — it is common sense. People need jobs in Lewiston. Jobs that pay a living wage.

A rough proposal for development? Offer businesses an incentive to come to Lewiston.

For a business that would create 25-50 jobs, no property tax for two years; a business creating 50-100 jobs, no property tax for four years; for a business creating 100-250 jobs, no property tax for six years. Give existing businesses the same break if they add jobs. That would also help create other business if people have expendable cash.

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Perfect example — the mall on East Avenue is virtually empty. Offer the owner a tax incentive to fill the mall with businesses.

Of course this is just a proposal, but why not?

Make Lewiston better, instead of having the nickname of the “Dirty Lew.”

Michael Tetreault, Lewiston

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