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Thursday, July 05, 2007

What is the impact of gambling in Connecticut?

The State is going to find out:

Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun casino pump about $445 million into the state’s general fund each year.

“The casinos over the last five to 10 years have been a stable segment of the state budget,” Robert Genuario, Gov. M. Jodi Rell’s budget director said.

However critics says state officials have taken the money and ignored the negative consequences of legalized gambling.

In May, Special Revenue Executive Director Paul Young said the last study cost about $400,000, and it now will cost more than $700,000 to hire experts to gauge “the good, the bad and the ugly” of legalized gambling.

In the 1970s and 1980s, the legislature conducted gambling studies every five years. The last study was done in the mid-1990s and published in 1997, only a few years after Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun had opened.

Let's pray for a complete picture.

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