HARTFORD, Conn. –No one claimed credit for suggesting keno and no one claimed credit for repealing it, but the House Democratic caucus erupted in cheers Thursday when legislative leaders announced that it was not in the budget.
The bingo-style game that found its way into the state budget last year was on life support this week even though no one had officially pulled the plug.
The $13.5 million in revenue from the game was included in the 2015 budget currently being negotiated behind closed doors, and even though revenue has fallen $285 million short of projections, no one except the Connecticut Lottery Corporation supported the concept.
It’s unclear if lawmakers will simply not fund keno or if it would be repealed. The two Indian casinos entered into an agreement with state to receive about 25 percent of the revenues from keno. What is clear is that voters are not fond of the idea.