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Suffolk Downs


Ribiero: Neighbors of Suffolk Downs Express Support for Gambling Study

The following is from John Ribiero of Neighbors of Suffolk Downs:

"There is a bill pending that would require an Independent Cost Benefit Analysis before any expansion of gambling in the state. The State of New Hampshire conducted such a study. They study found that a single casino similar to the one proposed for Suffolk Downs would cost the State, after all revenue is realized, more than $60 million.

As you know East Boston suffers many of the ills associated with the airport, the oil terminals and the natural gas tankers. This is yet another example where the State is expecting to realize a benefit while a majority of the negative impact will be visited upon our neighborhood.

If our legislators are to allow gambling at Suffolk Downs, we should know what the impact will be, so that we are prepared to protect our community when the revenue is being allocated.

The following is from The Norwich Bulletin, which is a host community for Mohegan Sun:

"'Towns need to negotiate “air-tight” compacts in order not to let state governments use casino money promised to local communities for other expenses,'" Norwich Board of Education Chairman Charles Jaskiewicz said. He complained about the percentage of slot machine revenue from Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort Casino that state government sends to cities and town falling from 78 percent, or $88 million, in 1994 to 17 percent, or $62 million, this year.

“Our Connecticut lawmakers have failed us,” Jaskiewicz said, speaking as a member of the impacts panel. “It is grossly unfair and unjust. This money was meant to serve the cities and towns.”

State Sen. Andrea Stillman, D-Waterford, said communities near the casinos, such as Ledyard and Montville, have “'greater burdens, but the recession has forced the state’s hand.'"


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