Voters Say No To York County Casino
Voters were generous with the bond issues during Tuesday's election, but overwhelmingly said no to another casino in Maine.
According to the BDN, voters rejected the bid to build a casino in York County with more than 80% voting against the measure. Supporters of the casino spent millions in advertising and signage, but to no avail. The campaign started in 2015 when a petition drive failed to get it put on the 2016 ballot.
Voters were more supportive of the other measures on the ballot. Nearly 60% of voters approved expanding medicaid or, more specifically, MaineCare. This will make MaineCare available to roughly 70,000 more residents with incomes between 101% and 138% of the federal poverty level.
The bond measure that would spend $105 million dollars on improving the transportation infrastructure passed with 72% of voters saying yes. The majority of the money in this measure would be spent on secondary roads and bridges.
Finally, voters approved question 4, which will give the state more time to catch up on losses to the state employees' retirement fund. Sandy Matheson, executive director of the Maine Public Employees Retirement System told the BDN that this will ease the burden on the state of Maine in the future, in the event of another economic downturn.