Table Games Issue to be Included on Nov. Ballot

Table Games Issue to be Included on Nov. Ballot


ENGLANDERS MAKE
INFORMED DECISIONS
DURING CAMPAIGN 2012.
TONIGHT, WE’RE TAKING
AN IN-DEPTH LOOK AT ONE
OF THE SEVEN BALLOT
QUESTIONS RHODE
ISLAND VOTERS WILL FACE
THIS ELECTION DAY.
QUESTION ONE ASKS —
SHOULD “TWIN RIVER” IN
LINCOLN BE AUTHORIZED
TO ADD STATE-OPERATED
CASINO GAMING , SUCH AS
TABLE GAMES, TO THE
TYPES OF GAMBLING IT
OFFERS?
EYEWITNESS NEWS
REPORTER JENNIFER
MOBILIA JOINS US LIVE
NOW TO BREAK DOWN
SOME OF THE PROS AND
CONS.
(J-MO)
RIGHT NOW, THE VIDEO
SLOT MACHINES AT TWIN
RIVER ARE ONE OF THE
STATE’S TOP REVENUE
GENERATORS —
BUT SOME FEAR THAT
MUCH NEEDED CASHFLOW
COULD TAKE A MAJOR HIT,
IF RHODE ISLAND DOESN’T
KEEP UP WITH THE
UPCOMING
CASINO EXPANSION IN
NEIGHBORING
MASSACHUSETTS.
DURING THE LAST FISCAL
YEAR, THE RHODE ISLAND
LOTTERY CONTRIBUTED
377 MILLION DOLLARS TO
THE STATE’S GENERAL
FUND.
A LARGE MAJORITY OF
THAT MONEY CAME FROM
VIDEO SLOT REVENUE.
BUT ACCORDING TO A
STUDY – COMMISSIONED
BY THE RHODE ISLAND
DEPARTMENT OF
REVENUE, THAT NUMBER
COULD BE CUT BY ONE
HUNDRED MILLION
DOLLARS A YEAR — OR
MORE — ONCE
MASSACHUSETTS
FOLLOWS THROUGH WITH
IT’S PLANS TO OPEN
THREE NEW CASINOS, AND
ONE VIDEO SLOT PARLOR.
THAT’S WHY TWIN RIVER
INSISTS RHODE ISLAND
NEEDS TO BEAT
MASSACHUSETTS TO THE
PUNCH.
SUPPORTERS SAY NOT
ONLY ARE MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS ON THE LINE —
BUT ALSO HUNDREDS OF
JOBS.
53:06 “The preservation of 900
existing jobs that we have here
today
at Twin River and the creation
of 650
new ones, 350 on property and
300
that will get created in the
community.”
(J-MO)
BUT, NOT EVERYONE’S
ON-BOARD.
THE PRESIDENT OF THE
GROUP “CITIZENS
CONCERNED ABOUT
CASINO ABUSE” TELLS US
HE’S CONCERNED ABOUT
WHERE THE MONEY IS
COMING FROM TO PAY FOR
THOSE JOBS.
“We’d like to see jobs that have
more productivty to them. And
when
you talk about all these job,
where
does all that money come from to
pay those people? It comes from
the
losses of other people.”
(J-MO)
RHODE ISLAND IS IN LINE
TO RECEIVE ABOUT 18-
PERCENT OF ALL TABLE
GAME REVENUE FROM
TWIN RIVER IF THE CASINO
EXPANSION IS APPROVED.
AND THE STATE WILL
CONTINUE TO GET 61-
PERCENT OF THE MONEY
FROM THE VIDEO SLOTS.
RHODE ISLAND’S OTHER
SLOT PARLOR — NEWPORT
GRAND — IS ALSO SEEKING
TO ADD TABLE GAMES.
THAT ISSUE WILL BE
“QUESTION TWO” ON THE
NOVEMBER BALLOT.
JENNIFER MOBILIA,
EYEWITNESS NEWS.
(M)

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