MSBC Statement on East-West Corridor
The Maine Small Business Coalition, representing more than 3,400 small businesses in Maine, opposes the construction of the East-West Corridor. As small business owners, we favor economic development that works for our shops as well as our customers, and the proposed corridor does neither. In reviewing research about and conversations in the state legislature regarding this proposal, it is apparent that the East-West highway would cause significant environmental distress while creating significant financial benefit solely for large corporate entities who will use the corridor to exploit natural resources and send the profits out-of-state. In short, small business interests —sustainable development, environmental protection, and limiting the influence of large corporations in politics —are not represented in the East-West Corridor proposal, and MSBC opposes its construction.