Editorial: Casinos are still a bad deal for the state
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Opening New Hampshire to casino gambling, as the state Senate did by a 13-11 vote last week, is an even worse idea than it was on Manchester Sen. Lou D’Allesandro’s 2,347 past attempts to do so. The latter figure is a gross exaggeration – but so too, we believe, are the claims that permitting two casinos will net the state between $100 million and $200 million annually within the next few years.
The House, as its done many times in the past, should reject this latest attempt to make the gambling industry a major player in the state’s politics and economy.
Earlier this month, in a Boston Globe story about the casino industry’s struggle to meet revenue projections, gambling consultant Alan Woinski issued a warning New Hampshire’s lawmakers should heed: “The Northeast market has been saturated for a while. It comes down to too many casinos going after the same customer,” Woinski said.