Press Release - Gubernatorial Candidate Chandler Woodcock Visits Proposed Cabela's Site
(SCARBOROUGH, Maine) October 5, 2006 - Following a visit to the site of a proposed $75 million development in Scarborough, gubernatorial candidate Senator Chandler Woodcock said that as Maine's next Governor he will make the state a more welcoming and predictable place to do business.
"In addition to lowering taxes and making our rules and regulations more streamlined and predictable, we must develop a new attitude that says to businesses, 'what can we do to help,' instead of, 'here are the all the hurdles you must overcome,'" said Woodcock.
Woodcock said that the proposed Gateway to Scarborough project, which would create up to 800 new jobs and be anchored by the outdoor outfitter Cabela's, is the kind of project Maine needs. He visited the site of the proposed project on Haigis Parkway with Scarborough Economic Development Corporation President Harvey Rosenfeld and others.
The project is in limbo, pending an opinion from Maine Revenue Services about whether or not Cabela's will have to collect sales tax on Internet and catalogue sales after the store is built. The company currently does not collect tax on those sales and argues that it should not have to after the store is built because its Internet, catalogue and retail businesses are separate legal entities. 19 other states where Cabela's has stores have supported the company's position.
"I am not in a position to evaluate the technical merits of Cabela's requested ruling from the Baldacci Administration," Woodcock said. "But I do know this: one way or another, they deserve an immediate answer to their request. If this Administration is not going to agree with all those other states where Cabela's has stores, then Maine people need to be given a very clear and compelling explanation as to why we are turning down the hundreds of jobs and millions of dollars in new tax revenue that this project will create."
Woodcock said that economic development is his highest priority. "We should expect any new business to respect our laws and rules, but we should also show enough respect for businesses wanting to invest in Maine to address their concerns promptly and do everything in our power to make them feel welcome here."