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May 08, 2013
Millennium Gaming Hosts Lunch to Show Casino Benefit
Political leaders from Washington County, PA attended a lunch in Concord hosted by Millennium Gaming. The purpose of the lunch was to discuss the benefits of casinos and how they can help the state.
Millennium Gaming currently operates The Meadows casino and racetrack in Pennsylvania. If a casino was to be built in New Hampshire, Millennium Gaming would also operate that.
Representatives from the Washington County gaming commission spoke about how their casino has paid millions in revenues to their state.
A former state Trooper and Sheriff also spoke at the lunch. He admitted seven years ago when the casino had opened he was concerned how it would effect the area. He was worried that the casino would attract prostitutes. He was also worried about the gaming and drug addicts that the casino would bring.
However, he also noted that there was no change in the amount of crimes that the community reported. There were also no rise in homelessness, or treatment for gambling addiction.
It was also reported in other studies that there was an increase in white collar crime, and drunk driving, around the casino. An increase in gambling addiction was also reported in those studies.
May 19, 2008
NH Casino Expansion Stalls in Senate
CONCORD, NH - New Hampshire state senators voted 13-11 last week to reject a measure that would have allowed video lottery at race tracks in Salem, Seabrook, Belmont and Hinsdale. They also voted 16-8 in favor of increasing taxes on Texas Hold'em and other poker games run by non-profit organizations.
Lou D'Allesandro, senator from Manchester and sponsor of the video lottery bill, argued the state needs the millions of dollars that gambling would generate for the state. Opponents say it would increase crime, unemployment, and prostitution.
Hudson Republican Bob Clegg said lawmakers should allow video lottery instead of taxing games run for charities.
February 11, 2008
NH Gambling Bill Would Legalize Video Slots
CONCORD, NH - State Senator Lou D'Allesandro is promoting a new gambling bill to legalize up to 7,000 video slot machines in the state. They would be licensed to venues like Rockingham Park and other race tracks. It would also include the grand hotels in Coos County which once hosted gambling.
D'Allesandro is the vice chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee where a hearing is scheduled February 19th on the measure.
Under the bill each application would pay a $100,000 plus a processing fee of $50,000. If accepted, horse racing tracks would $15 million for an initial licensing fee and $1 million for a yearly renewal. Dog tracks and hotels would pay $5 million initially and $500,000 for a renewal.
If Rockingham and three smaller venues apply, the state would receive a one-time payment of $30 million.
In addition to the licensing fees the state would receive 42% of the net revenues. The state Lottery Commission estimates this to be $272 million a year. Towns with race tracks would receive 2% of the revenues. These payments are estimated to total $13 million a year.
Millennium Gaming Inc., of Lakeland, Colorado, is interested in reviving live racing at Rockingham Park if the Legislature would be willing to authorize 3,000 slot machines. In return Millennium has offered to pay the state $150 million a year.
Governor John H. Lynch is skeptical the bill will be enacted. "It's not going to happen this year. There is not the political will for it to happen. Unless I am absolutely convinced it wouldn't have an effect on our quality of life, I wouldn't even entertain a discussion about supporting it."
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