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Casino referendum in Mass. seen as having no NH impact
Earlier this week, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court said a casino referendum could go on the general election ballot after Attorney General Martha Coakley tried to block it, saying it could usurp the property rights of casino developers.
While public opinion polls show widespread support for casino gambling as an alternative revenue source to fund state programs, the House has never approved it.
Hassan recently reiterated her support for casino gambling, saying it produces needed revenue without a sales or income tax, which she has pledged to veto.
Ed Callaghan, president and general manager of Rockingham Park in Salem, said the Massachusetts ruling may delay the opening of a nearby casino, but won’t stop it. There is going to be a casino in Massachusetts, he said, the only question is whether the time line is pushed out six months or a year.
The prime sponsor of Senate bills last and this session to authorize casino gambling, Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, said he intends to introduce a similar bill next session if he wins re-election.
“Let the people decide once and for all,” D’Allesandro said. “The polls show people support casinos but it lost by one vote in the legislature.”
Steve Duprey, spokesman for Casino Free New Hampshire and Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling, said he does not believe the referendum will have much effect in New Hampshire.
“If candidates running for office believe New Hampshire needs more revenue,” Duprey said, “they should propose revenue-raising plans that don’t have so many horrible impacts.”
“We’ve seen over and over in New Hampshire polls that people want to go to gambling as a non-tax source of revenue,” Rogers said, but “It’s blocked in a legislature that does not want it, whereas in Massachusetts the legislature has approved it and they want the people to weigh in.”
“The very close vote in the House of Representatives aside, the people of New Hampshire have consistently supported legalizing a casino in the Granite State,” Killion said. “The people know the millions of revenue, the recapture of millions of Granite State citizens’ dollars leaving the state, the thousands of permanent and temporary jobs and the significant economic development are too sizable an opportunity to ignore.”
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