Lewiston casino supporters form political action committee

Posted Oct. 11, 2011, at 12:01 p.m.
Last modified Oct. 11, 2011, at 5:54 p.m.

LEWISTON, Maine — Local business and community leaders in Lewiston and the surrounding area say they’re forming a political action committee in support of a proposal to build a casino in the city’s downtown.

Supporters held a press conference on Tuesday at a Lewiston restaurant to announce their support for a Nov. 8 ballot question seeking statewide voter approval for the casino. Backers say the $100 million project would have slot machines and table games.

Elected officials from Lewiston, Auburn and Sabattus, local business owners and others attended Tuesday’s event. They say a casino will create hundreds of jobs, generate revenues for the state and city and serve as an economic stimulus for downtown Lewiston.

Critics say casinos draw money out of the local economy and don’t represent true economic development.