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Maine's restaurant and hotel owners anxiously watched Gov. Janet Mills press conference Thursday, hoping for an indicator of when and how she will start reopening the state's pandemic-plagued economy.

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The executive director of the trade group HospitalityMaine says some federal help is coming for Maine small business owners.

A new study from the University of Maine shows that the Maine hospitality industry employed about 59,000 full and part-time workers last year and generated $4 billion in taxable retail sales, with a total contribution to Maine's economy of almost $7 billion.

LEWISTON, Maine - A Maine lawmaker is floating a proposal to hike the state's gas tax by 23 percent in the summer and early fall, but members of the state's tourism industry say it's a bad idea.