House Speaker increasing odds for casino gambling expansion

House Speaker increasing odds for casino gambling expansion


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CONNECTICUT’S SPEAKER OF THE
HOUSE… IS INCREASING THE
ODDS THAT AN EXPANSION OF
CASINO GAMBLING….WILL áPASSá
THIS YEAR.HIS PREDICTION COMES
AS THE STATE IS DROWNING IN
MORE RED INK.AND NOW A áTHIRDá
NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBE…SAYS
THEY CAN áINCREASEá THE STAKES
FOR THE STATE.CHIEF POLITICAL
CORRESPONDENT MARK DAVIS JOINS
US LIVE WITHMORE ON THE BIG
GAMBLE…GOOD
EVENING. THE THIRD
TRIBE IS THE STATE RECOGNIZED
SCHAGHTICOKES. YOU
WILL RECALL THEY GOT FEDERAL
RECOGNITION 13 YEARS AGO…
ONLY TO HAVE THE U.S.
BUREAU OF INDIAN AFFAIRS
REVERSE THEIR
RULING
IN THE AFTERMATH OF MASSIVE
PUBLIC AND
POLITICAL PRESSURE HERE IN
CONNECTICUT. BUT
THE SCHAGHTICOKES SAY THEY
STILL HAVE FRIENDS IN THE
GAMBLING INDUSTRY THAT
WILL BANKROLL THEM.
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LEAD BY TRIBAL
CHAIRMAN RICHARD VELKY MEMBERS
OF THE KENT BASED
SCAHGHTICOKE TRIBE INVADED THE
CAPITOL COMPLEX TODAY URGING
THAT THEY BE ALLOWED
TO COMPETE FOR A THIRD
GAMBLING CASINO THAT
THEY WOULD LIKE TO ESTABLISH
SOUTHWEST OF NEW HAVEN TO TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF WHAT
ALL PARTIES AGREE IS THE
POTENTIALLY LUCRATIVE
METROPOLITAN NEW
YORK CITY AREA.[VELKY]
“ANYWHERE IN FAIRFIELD COUNTY,
PREFERABLY FOR ME, PROBABLY BE
BRIDGEPORT. WE
HAVE ALWAYS SHOW AN INTEREST
IN BRIDGEPORT. BRIDGEPORT
HAS ALWAYS SHOWN AN
INTEREST IN THE SCHAGHTICOKE.”
THEIR PUSH COMES
AS THE PLAN FOR THE
MASHANTUCKETS AND THE MOHEGANS
TO OPEN A THIRD
CASINO IN EAST WINDSOR IS
GATHERING MOMENTUM
AS A KEY LEGISLATIVE
COMMITTEE HAS NOW ENDORSED
THAT PLAN. AND IT
HAS NEAR UNANIMOUS SUPPORT
AMONG LAWMAKERS FROM BOTH
POLITICAL PARTIES IN
SOUTHEASTERN CONNECTICUT.
[FORMICA] “WE’RE ALL ON THE
SAME SIDE OF JOBS NAD WHAT YOU
THINK ABOUT CASINO
GAMBLING ASIDE, THEY’VE
PROVEN TO BE GREAT COMMUNITY
PARTNERS, GREAT
PROVIDERS ANED GREAT ECONOMIC
ACTIVISTS FRO OUR STATE.”
[OSTEN] “IT SAVES JOBSIN OUR
AREA. WE HAVE 12,000 JOBS
THAT ARE IN EASTERN
CONNECTICUT, ACTUALLY 140
TOWNS SEND WORKERS DOWN TO THE
CASINOS.” AND
THERE’S THE MATTER OF THE 250
MILLION DOLLARS THE STATE WILL
GET THIS YEAR
FROM THE 25 PERCENT CUT IN
SLOT REVENUE. THE EAST
WINDSOR PLAN
WOULD ALSO INCLUDE A 25
PERCENT CUT FROM THE TABLE
GAMES. BUT THE
SCHAGHTICOKES NOTE THAT THE
COMPETING BILL CALLS FOR
A 35 PERCENT CUT OF ALL
GAMBLING REVENUE WHICH THEY SAY
WITH A
BRIDGEPORT GAMBLING FACILITY,
WOULD MORE THAN MAKE UP FOR
THE LOST REVENUE
FROM THE TWO EXISITING CASINOS.
[ARESIMOWICZ] “WE’RE GETTING
CLOSE TO AROUND 65 TO 35 THAT
THERE’S GOING TO
BE EXPANDING GAMBLING WITHIN
THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT
BILL AS PART OF A
BUDGET OR STAND ALONE BILL
THIS YEAR.”
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AS RECENTLY AS
LAST WEEK…. THE
SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE WAS ONLY
GIVING 50-50 ODDS ON
A GAMBLING EXPANSION BILL
PASSING THIS YEAR.
THE EXPANDING RED INK HAS
APPARENTLY INCREASED
THOSE ODDS….THAT ONE OF
THESE TWO BILLS WILL
PASS.LIVE, FROM THE HARTFORD
NEWSROOM,MARK DAVIS, NEWS 8.
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