Connecticut Tribes Looking to Open Three New Casinos5 years ago
Legislative leaders and the state’s two federally recognized Indian tribes have announced a proposal to open three new smaller casinos in Connecticut. The plan is to open new gambling facilities to draw customers from the newly approved resorts in Massachusetts and New York that are seen as a threat to Connecticut’s gambling industry.
The Mashantucket Tribal Nation and Mohegan Tribe held a news conference on Tuesday morning where they discussed the protection of casino jobs in the state and the construction of proposed casinos. New gaming facilities in nearby New York and Massachusetts will certainly affect Connecticut gambling revenue.
The two tribes believe that the best places to build new casinos are near the three major highways, including Interstate 91 between Hartford and the Massachusetts border. The tribes' main concern is an $800m MGM resort that will open in Springfield in 2017 that will create direct competition to Connecticut casinos.
A Quinnipiac University poll released on Wednesday reported that only 20% of residents agree with adding more gambling facilities. The number of supporters increased to 36% when the poll asked questions more specifically about allowing two small casinos near Massachusetts and New York.
SenatorBob Duff thinks that residents would probably support the proposal because of the new job opportunities that would be created. Despite the good aspects of the proposal, voters are skeptical; a majority believe that new gambling facilities could also mean a greater problem with gambling addiction.
State Senator Catherine Osten said that new casinos would keep money in the state and stop Connecticut residents from gambling in neighboring states.
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