Governor Hassan began her day before the Senate Ways and Means committee. She delivered a pro-gambling pitch familiar from her budget address last week -- New Hampshire needs to act to authorize a casino with 5000 slot machines and 150 table games before similar facilities open in Massachusetts.
Governor Maggie Hassan used her budget address to propose a new, high-end casino.
Governor Hassan’s budget banks on this casino generating $80 million in licensing fees. And she said the state is already dealing with the social costs of gambling allowed in other states, without benefiting from the revenue.
It's another roll of the dice for gambling in the Granite State. This year, there are again proposals to expand gambling here, a perennial debate in our legislature. But the House traditionally opposes these bills, and they’ve never become law. Now, though, supporters feel they’ve finally been dealt a good hang, given Governor Hassan’s stated support for some type of expansion.
Lou D’Allesandro – Democratic state senator from Manchester who has sponsored many gambling proposals.
Next week on The Exchange, we begin with the latest bills to expand gambling in New Hampshire. Supporters believe the cards may be finally right for their cause, given Governor Maggie Hassan’s support for some type of increased gambling. Later, we’ll hear highlights from President Obama’s State of the Union address and get your reaction. And we’ll end the week with the ins and outs of Governor Hassan’s budget.
After almost a decade of unsympathetic leadership from Governors John Lynch and Craig Benson, all four major contenders for Governor support expanded gaming in one way or another. What does this mean for high stakes gambling in New Hampshire? Read more at StateImpact New Hampshire -- slideshow and all.
The debate over the economic impacts of HB 593 (or "The Casino Bill," if you will) continues. As Kevin Landrigan of the Nashua Telegraph reports, discussion of the bill continued Monday, when the House Ways and Means committee listened to about three hours of public testimony:
Once again, lawmakers are looking at bills to increase gambling options in New Hampshire. With more gaming sites opening up in Maine and Massachusetts some say that’s a reason to expand here, while opponents say just the opposite. Meanwhile, Governor Lynch says he’s not willing to “make a bet” on gambling, making the reality of casinos in the Granite State tougher, but not impossible for this cause.
Recently, we told you about a gas station in the border town of Methuen, Massachusetts. According to Massachusetts State Lottery Executive Director Paul Sternburg, it’s on track to do $13 million this year in lottery revenues. When we spoke with Ted’s Mobil owner Tony Amico, he estimated at least half his customers are from New Hampshire. And StateImpact’s unscientific survey of license plates in the gas station parking lot bore t
Governor John Lynch promises to veto any bill that would allow casinos or similar forms of gambling in the state.
Governor Lynch struck preemptively. In a letter to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate, he said more gambling would increase social service costs and, with casinos likely to come to Massachusetts, fail to raise as much revenue as backers predict.
The governor’s spokesman, Colin Manning said furthermore, any expansion will lead to proliferation.
Proposal to allow two NH casinos clears ways and means committee by 14-7 margin. NHPR's Josh Rogers reports.
The 14-7 vote by the house ways and means committee runs counter to years of anti-gambling votes in the house. And it comes in the wake Massachusetts' passing bills that call for three resort casinos and one slot machine parlor. House Majority leader DJ Bettencourt of Salem hopes votes on Beacon Hill have changed the changes the equation on gambling for many house members.