The Passamaquoddy Tribe wants to build a racino in Washington County. To do this, it needs help from the rest of the state.

It is asking us to support Question 2 on Nov. 8 that would allow racinos to be built in Biddeford and Washington County with part of the profits from these facilities going to support specific state and local programs.

There is no question there is a need for economic development that will create jobs and provide a revenue base for Washington County. Maine is also in need of additional revenues as we slowly try to recover from the worst recession since the 1930s.

Calais has supported the tribe’s effort to establish gaming in Washington County for nearly 20 years. In 2007, Calais residents and Washington County voted in favor of a harness racing track with slot machines and high-stakes bingo to be located in Calais.

Last November, with a heavy voter turnout, voters spoke by approving the Oxford casino referendum. We no longer have to wonder if the people want legalized gambling in the state. That has already been determined.

Washington County needs jobs and the voters can help. Vote for jobs. Vote “yes” on Question 2.