Push for Bridgeport casino

Push for Bridgeport casino


3 A RALLY IN NEW HAVEN TONGHT… UNION MEMBERS…PUSHING FOR MORE UNION JOBS…IF A NEW CASINO COMES TO CONNECTICUT. NEWS EIGHT’S MARIO BOONE IS LIVE IN NEWS EIGHT CONTROL WITH THEIR MESSAGE.MARIO… 3 SOME BIG NAMES GETTING BEHIND THE IDEA OF A COMMERCIAL CASINO IN BRIDGEPORT.AND THEY’RE HOPING THE PROMISE OF THOUSANDS OF GOOD PAYING UNION JOBS WILL HELP CLOSE THE DEAL. IT HAD THE FLAVOR OF PART CAMPAIGN RALLY… “LET’S BRING MGM TO BRIDGEPORT!” AND PART CHURCH SERVICE. “WE SHOULD CELEBRATE!” YET THIS TUESDAY EVENING RALLY IN NEW HAVEN WAS ALL ABOUT JOBS. “THE NUMBER ONE PRIORITY IS JOBS.” UNION JOBS!NATS 16.35 “THROUGH UNION BARGAINING CONTRACTS, WE GETTING TWO RAISES NEXT YEAR AND THE YEAR AFTER.”THE RALLY ORGANIZED BY THE LABOR GROUP “UNITE HERE” WITH HEAVY BACKING FROM MGM CASINOS IS IN SUPPORT OF A NEW BILL BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTOPHER ROSARIO TO BRING A CASINO TO BRIDGEPORT THROUGH COMPETITIVE BIDDING. “PEOPLE NEED JOBS. TIMES ARE TOUGH AND THE ABILITY TO HAVE A CASINO SUCH AS MGM OR EVEN THE TRIBES BID ON A PROPOSAL IN BRIDGEPORT OR ANYWHERE ELSE IN THE STATE, I THINK IT WILL PROBABLY BE A SHOT IN THE ARM FOR THE ECONOMY.”CRITICS ARE LINING UP TO OPPOSE A NEW CASINO IN BRIDGEPORT….INCLUDI NG REVEREND GABRIELLE BEAM. “CASINOS ARE GLAMOROUS, THEY’RE BEAUTIFUL BUT THEY’RE NOT GOOD FOR THE COMMUNITY AND PARTICULARLY, THEY’RE NOT GOOD FOR THIS COMMUNITY.”NEW HAVEN MAYOR TONI HARP SAID THERE’S ALREADY HELP FOR PEOPLE WITH GAMBLING ADDICITON. “WHAT WE’VE GOT TO DO IS MAKE SURE THAT THE HELP THAT THEY NEED IS AVAILABLE AND WE’VE ALREADY DONE THAT IN OUR STATE BECAUSE WE’VE HAD GAMING IN OUR STATE FOR THE PAST 25 YEARS.” 3 CONNECTICUT’S EXISITING TRIBAL CASINOS OPPOSED THE LEGISLATION IN A STATEMENT SAYING:”A BILL THAT WILL COST CONNECTICUT $1-BILLION IN REVENUE AND 4,000 JOBS WAS A BAD IDEA LAST YEAR, AND IS STILL A BAD IDEA.”REPORTING LIVE…

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