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Tribal leaders say jobs are at stake during public hearing to expand gambling

 

Sen. President Martin Looney, labor leaders, and the heads of the two tribes unite behind expansion of gambling (Elizabeth Regan photo)

Sen. President Martin Looney, labor leaders, and the heads of the two tribes unite behind expansion of gambling (Elizabeth Regan photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – Two tribal chairmen, a delegation of casino workers, and several Democratic lawmakers warned that Connecticut could lose as many as18,000 jobs if the state doesn’t expand gambling.

They rallied support for a bill, that would allow for the creation of up to three gaming facilities to be operated in a joint venture between the Mashantucket Pequot tribe and the Mohegan tribe.

The tribes have not released many details about their vision, but have said the smaller-scale and easy-access facilities would be designed to attract the “convenience gamer” in areas threatened by out-of-state gambling ventures.

The proposal comes a week before MGM is set to break ground on an $800 million casino in Springfield, Mass.

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One comment

Piberman March 18, 2015 at 9:50 am

Given how gambling improves the “quality of life” why not expand gambling throughout the state ? Imagine how many tens or hundreds of thousands of new jobs could be “created” ? A politican’s delight. CT restored to its former glory.

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