Suddenly, the Casino Rears its Ugly Head Again

I didn’t support a full fledged casino when proposed with the facade of ownership by the Narragansett, for whom it is difficult not to have some sympathy. Why would I support it when 100% of the post-operator revenue would go to a government that, through the politically motivated actions of its elected officials, has been fiscally irresponsible for the last couple of decades?

State Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. is proposing an amendment to the state Constitution to allow full-scale casino gambling at both Twin River and Newport Grand.
With a crucial deadline looming for Twin River to pull itself back from the brink of bankruptcy, House Speaker William. J. Murphy yesterday said state leaders are at a point where they need to consider all options, including a state buyout of the Lincoln dog track and slot parlor, to “protect” the state’s anticipated $246.8-million share of the slot revenue from there.

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thinkaboutit
thinkaboutit
12 years ago

Government has no business operating businesses, especially not ones like casinos.

jay
jay
12 years ago

Well, here’s a no-brainer NO vote.

Phil
Phil
12 years ago

Sure Sen. John J. Tassoni Jr. wants the state to take over. Council 94 wants more state employees to boots its revenue stream.

mikeinRI
12 years ago

I fear Sen. Tassoni is taking advantage of the bad economic times. I knew this proposal would come, held up as our only hope.
His district is quite close to Twin River, and will certainly feel the increase in traffic, particularly along Rt. 7. I too wonder if Sen. Tassoni is representing his employer or his district.

rhody
rhody
12 years ago

I still don’t understand why the state can’t find a buyer for Twin River. It’s an attractive property in the sense that it generates an operating profit (it’s the debt service from the overzealous expansion that’s killing the former owners).
I agree the state shouldn’t be in the casino business, but if there’s anyone in our state government with an iota of marketing acumen, finding a buyer shouldn’t be a problem.

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