Connecticut hearing on East Windsor casino

Connecticut hearing on East Windsor casino


MATT:
LAWMAKERS IN CONNECTICUT HELD AN
ALL-DAY HEARING IN HARTFORD
TODAY ON
THE PROPOSED CASINO FOR EAST
WINDSOR.
CONSTRUCTION IN SPRINGFIELD.
DEBATE IN HARTFORD.
THE NUTS AND BOLTS OF MGM’S
CASINO CONSTRUCTION IS MAKING
THE NATIVE
AMERICAN TRIBES THAT OPERATE
FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN —
NERVOUS.
RODNEY BUTLER:
WHAT IS AT RISK IS 9,300 JOBS IN
CONNECTICUT,
$350-MILLION IN WAGES AND
$70-MILLION IN SLOT REVENUE BACK
TO CONNECTICUT.
THE PROPOSAL — THIS $300,000
JOINT TRIBAL CASINO 20 MINUTES
AWAY FROM MGM AT
THE ABANDONED SHOWCASE CINEMA
LOT IN EAST WINDSOR.
THE PLAN WAS APPROVED BY THE
TOWN’S SELECTBOARD WITHOUT A
VOTE FROM
RESIDENTS.
URI CLINTON, SENIOR VICE
PRESIDENT & LEGAL
COUNSEL, MGM RESORTS
INTERNATIONAL:
I BELIEVE THAT A REFERENDUM IS
ESSENTIAL.
I BELIEVE THE DEAL THAT THEY
STRUCK WAS A BAD DEAL.
STATE REP. MICHAEL DIMASSA, WEST
HAVEN /
NEW HAVEN:
I BELIEVE THE TRIBES OFFERED TO
PAY FOR A
REFERENDUM. IF THE TOWN ISN’T
EVEN GOING TO HAVE TO PAY FOR
IT, WHY WOULDN’T YOU THROW
THAT OPTION OUT THERE FOR YOUR
RESIDENTS.
DOZENS OF KEY STAKEHOLDERS
TURNED UP FOR THIS ALL-DAY
HEARING WITH
LAWMAKERS INCLUDING UNIONS.
AT ISSUE…A TRIBE OPERATED
CASINO BUILT ON NON-TRIBAL LAND.
A THIRD CONNECTICUT NATIVE
AMERICAN TRIBE LOBBIED THE STATE
TO CONSIDER
BRIDGEPORT…AND TO OPEN UP THE
BIDDING TO MORE DEVELOPERS.
RICHARD VELKY, CHIEF,
SCHAGHTICOKE TRIBAL
NATION:
NOW THEY ARE ASKING TO BUILD A
CASINO OFF
RESERVATION, WHICH MAKES IT A
COMMERCIAL CASINO. ONCE IT
BECAME A COMMERCIAL CASINO, WE
SAY…LET IT BE A FAIR AND
TRANSPARENT PROCESS AND ALLOW
OTHERS TO COME IN AND PUT A BID
IN.
MATT:
ULTIMATELY, AS OF NEWS TIME …

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