In-Depth: Tiverton Casino Ballot Question

In-Depth: Tiverton Casino Ballot Question


CAROLINE GOGGIN,
EYEWITNESS NEWS.
(HE)
IN CAMPAIGN 2016 –
EYEWITNESS NEWS IS
MAKING SURE YOU’RE
PREPARED BEFORE
HEADING TO THE POLLS.
YOU MIGHT HAVE SEEN
THE ADS ON TELEVISION –
OR HEARD THEM ON THE
RADIO.
ALL RHODE ISLANDERS
WILL VOTE ON QUESTION
ONE IN NEXT MONTH’S
ELECTION — ON WHETHER
OR NOT TO ALLOW THE
BUILDING OF A TWIN RIVER
CASINO IN TIVERTON.
EYEWITNESS NEWS
REPORTER JULIANNE
PEIXOTO IS BREAKING
DOWN THE QUESTION
WITH REACTION FROM
BOTH SIDES…
…IN CAMPAIGN 2016.
ON NOVEMBER 8TH,
RHODE ISLAND VOTERS
WILL HAVE TO DECIDE IF
THEY WANT A NEW CASINO
TO BE BUILT IN THIS AREA
OF TIVERTON BEHIND ME.
SOME RESIDENTS SAY IT
WOULD BRING MUCH
NEED REVENUE TO THE
STATE — WHILE OTHERS
SAY IT WOULD DO MORE
HARM THAN GOOD.
TIVERTON LAWNS ARE
SPRINKLED WITH SIGNS
LIKE THESE —
VOTE NO —
CHECK YES.
“What we’re proposing here is
a convenience casino some
place that’s easy to come,
spend a few hours and
leave.”
IF QUESTION ONE IS
APPROVED —
NEWPORT GRAND CASINO
WOULD BE MOVED TO A
NEW FACILITY 400 FEET
FROM THE
MASSACHUSETTS
BORDER.
“We’re more concerned about
what happens outside the
gate.”
REVEREND JOHN
HIGGINBOTHAM IS
CONCERNED ABOUT
GAMBLING ADDICTION.
HE’S ALSO WORRIED
ABOUT AN INCREASE IN
CRIME AND TRAFFIC THAT
A CASINO MIGHT BRING.
“You’re going to have 4
thousand cars and this is the
twin river estimate, coming to
that facility every day.”
TWIN RIVER CEO JOHN
TAYLOR SAYS THE NEW
CASINO WOULD CREATE
AT LEAST 500 NEW JOBS —
AND WOULD GENERATE
ABOUT 50 MILLION
DOLLARS IN ANNUAL
STATE REVENUE —
ALONG WITH 4 MILLION
DOLLARS OF TIVERTON
REVENUE EACH YEAR.
“We’re optimistic that voters
will be supportive on election
day.”
“The only thing that’s going to
stop this casino is the people
of Tiverton.”
THE CASINO MUST NOT
ONLY BE APPROVED
STATEWIDE —
IT ALSO HAS TO PASS IN A
SEPARATE, LOCAL
QUESTION ON TIVERTON
BALLOTS.
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
FOUND THE CASINO
PROPOSAL IS THE ONLY
QUESTION OUT OF 7
DOMINATING BROADCAST
TELEVISION AIR TIME.
THE DATA ALSO SHOWS
MORE THAN 370
THOUSAND DOLLARS WAS
SPENT ON TELEVISION
ADVERTISEMENTS
SUPPORTING THE
PROPOSAL.
IN TIVERTON WITH THE
EAST BAY MOBILE
NEWSROOM JULIANNE
PEIXOTO EYEWITNESS
NEWS.

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