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"Business Friendly" title stripped from SoPo

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- South Portland leaders responded Monday to the removal of the city's "business friendly" designation by the LePage Administration.

The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development took the title away in February because it said the LePage administration was disappointed that the city passed an ordinance last year that blocks the export of tar sands oil. The ordinance caused strong debate in the community, with a few hundred people attending every public meeting before the final vote.

South Portland City Councilor Claude Morgan said he stands by that ordinance and disagrees with the governor's decision.

"I think you can conclude from that, that the health and welfare the residency isn't high on his business friendly list, I think that's a shame, I think that everybody but the governor knows that you can have both now and establish a very healthy businesses that way," said

Doug Ray, spokesman for the state's Department of Economic and Community Development, said the administration feels the ordinance is "clearly anti-business, anti-growth and anti-jobs."

South Portland is the first community to have the title taken away. It was given to the city in 2013.


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