“It is about protecting the business and jobs developed in Connecticut over two decades that are the envy of other states.”
The Mashantucket Pequots, who run Foxwoods, haven’t said what response, if any, state government should make to the increased competition.
Top legislative leaders from both parties have largely been silent since the tribe’s announcement.
“I think it’s something that we need to discuss,” Sayers said. “Mohegan Sun, of course, will survive as a desirable destination. Foxwoods Resort Casino, which opened five years earlier near the Ledyard-North Stonington border, employs about 5,500 people.
Connecticut’s take, which peaked at $430 million in 2007, has since been on a decline that appears to be speeding up. It is one of 15 off-track betting operations licensed in Connecticut and operated by Sportech, a British company.
Sayers said it also might make sense to allow casino games at two more OTB facilities, in Bridgeport and in New Haven.
“My administration is not playing a lead role in this, is not playing a direct role in this. I don’t know if [public safety] is going to raise a bill, but I am certainly going to put in a bill. Phaneuf is a reporter for The Connecticut Mirror (www.ctmirror.orghttp://www.ctmirror.org). This year’s receipts are projected at $279 million, next year’s receipts are $268 million, and by 2018 they are expected to fall to $191 million.
“Springfield is building something new and huge,” she said. But that authorization was revoked one year later, before the game had even been implemented, after strong public criticism.
“Make no mistake, Connecticut is the target market for the newly approved resorts in Massachusetts and New York,” Brown wrote Friday in a statement to The Mirror. Dannel P. 7.
In mid-November, about one week after Mohegan Tribal Chairman Kevin Brown said the tribe wants to offer casino games at one or more new sites, Gov. Stephen Dargan, D-West Haven, was careful not to dismiss the concerns raised about growing competition in neighboring states to the two Indian casinos in southeastern Connecticut.
“This issue is not about gaming as an industry,” Brown added. Connecticut has been too slow to recover jobs since the last recession. The question will be, at what cost.”
Though no projections have been released, Sayers said she fears the gaming industry could lose a significant number of jobs in the coming years if Connecticut doesn’t respond to growing competition.
MGM Resorts International, which is developing an $800 million casino in Springfield, has been very clear it is targeting Connecticut’s gaming industry, Brown said last month.
“I don’t see Connecticut doing it, but, you know, that’s a legislative matter, at least initially,” the governor said. Satti, director of the tribe’s Office of Legislative Relations, wrote in a statement Friday.
HARTFORD — Since Mohegan tribal leaders declared their interest six weeks ago in offering casino games at a new site, state officials’ responses have ranged from negative to lukewarm.
And opponents of problem gambling quickly followed the Mohegans’ announcement with calls for a new study on the scope of gaming addiction in Connecticut.
Malloy and fellow Democrats in the legislature’s majority enacted a biennial budget in May 2013 that allowed the state to legalize keno in restaurants and bars.
“The track record on the expansion of gaming hasn’t been that good in this state,” Dargan said.
“Right now I don’t know if there is the interest to do any of this,” Dargan said. “It’s a real problem, and you can’t avoid it. Copyright 2014 © The Connecticut Mirror.
But Mohegan Sun officials insist they are not seeking to expand gaming, but only to preserve a vital segment of Connecticut’s economy that soon will face fierce competition from north of the border.
“The Mashantucket Pequot Tribe is continuing the process of reviewing ways that will help the Tribe to recover and protect Connecticut jobs and revenue, given the existing and pending expansion of gaming on our state borders,” William L. Malloy expressed doubts that voters would approve.
In exchange for Connecticut’s forbidding casino games outside of Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, the two operations deposit 25 percent of their annual video slot receipts into the state’s coffers.
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Rep. “We might not want to waste our time if it’s not something that’s going to clearly come forward.”
Mohegan Sun, which opened in 1996, employs about 8,000 people. I’ll have discussions with legislative leaders if, and when, they want to have those discussions,” Malloy said.
But Dargan, co-chairman of the public safety and security committee, also said last week that winning approval for new gaming sites appears to be a daunting task at this time.
Rep. “We have already seen certain losses in the amount of money we have seen from the slots.”
Another casino is being developed in Massachusetts in Everett, just north of Boston, and a third is possible in southeastern Massachusetts. “I don’t think that there is a consensus in Connecticut that people want a lot more gaming.”
But if the concept is to get even a public hearing this spring, someone at the Capitol is going to have to step up and champion the issue, according to the leader of the legislative panel with jurisdiction over gaming issues.. We can’t ignore what’s happening.”
Keith M. And two casinos were opened in recent years in Rhode Island, in Lincoln and Newport.
Sayers wants lawmakers to consider allowing casino games at a site in her district, the Bradley Teletheater, near Bradley International Airport. Peggy Sayers, D-Windsor Locks, the lone legislator to advocate loudly for more gaming sites so far, said last week she believes the economic danger will rouse more support after the General Assembly session begins on Jan