Wheeling and Dealing in Hartford

Some urban Democrats are seeking a companion bill with sweeteners, such a “boutique casino” in Hartford and slot machines in Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury.

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House Wants Tribes to Pay Licensing Fee

The Senate has voted to authorize the Pequot and Mohegan tribes to develop an off-reservation casino in East Windsor. House leaders are saying that they will go along only if the tribes pay a licensing fee for the exclusive right to expand casino gambling in Connecticut.
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East Windsor Attorney Urges “No” Vote

EAST WINDSOR — Ahead of Thursday night’s special town meeting in which residents will have the opportunity to vote on whether to send to a referendum a proposed ordinance regulating the licensing of gambling facilities in town, the town attorney has issued a legal opinion urging voters to reject the ordinance.

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East Windsor to Hold Town Meeting

EAST WINDSOR — In the latest move in the debate over a proposed $200 million to $300 million casino in town, the Board of Selectmen voted grudgingly Thursday to schedule a town meeting that could jeopardize the project.

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Fairfield County Town Governments Oppose Casino Expansion

The Western Connecticut Council of Governments has come out in opposition to the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut.  The Council, which includes all Fairfield County towns except Bridgeport, has written a letter to Connecticut legislators citing all the high costs of casino gambling.

Read the full letter here.

Tribes win Casino Fight in Senate

The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes won the first half of their home-court fight with MGM Resorts International over the rights to gaming expansion in Connecticut as the Senate voted 24-12 early Wednesday for a bill authorizing the tribes to jointly develop the state’s first casino off tribal lands.

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Bob Steele and Tony Hwang: Push for Bridgeport Casino Raises Red Flags

Connecticut Post, March 16, 2017

By former Congressman Robert Steele and state Sen. Tony Hwang

Bridgeport is again in play for a casino, but the casino market and our knowledge of the way casinos impact communities have changed dramatically in the 22 years since Steve Wynn and Donald Trump fought each other for the right to open a casino in the Park City.

The renewed interest in Bridgeport stems from MGM’s effort to block the tribal owners of Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun from obtaining legislative approval to jointly open an off-reservation, commercial “convenience” casino in northern Connecticut that would compete with the MGM mega-casino being built in Springfield. MGM is urging the legislature to kill the tribes’ proposed casino and instead lure developers to bid on building a larger casino in southwestern Connecticut. The MGM proposal, which clearly has Bridgeport in mind, has been gaining traction with significant numbers of legislators.

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Catholics Bishops Oppose More Casinos

Catholic bishops representing all four dioceses in Connecticut have spoken out in opposition to the expansion of casino gambling in our state. In a statement dated March 9 the bishops offered “a perspective based on the wisdom our tradition” and concluded “in light of the negative consequences that can result in a society already burdened by so many social problems we are strongly opposed to the expansion of casino gambling in Connecticut.”

Read their full statement here.

East Windsor Selectman Won’t Let Bob Steele Speak to Seniors

 

The Journal Inquirer is reporting that East Windsor First Selectman Robert Maynard is preventing Bob Steele from speaking at the town’s senior center because the talk might “upset” seniors in the audience.

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East Windsor Residents Should Get To Vote On Off-Reservation Casinos

Chris Powell

Chris Powell

 

Posted: Thursday, March 9, 2017 9:14 am

Opponents of the plan to let Connecticut’s two casino Indian tribes put a third casino in East Windsor to intercept traffic to the new casino in Springfield say the town should hold a referendum on the plan. They’re right.

The Board of Selectmen, which has committed the town to the casino, notes that it had the authority to do so. But a casino will change East Windsor . . . more