NH Casino Backers Fear Loss Of Revenue To Mass.

July 8, 2012 12:00 AM
NH Casino Backers Fear Loss Of Revenue To Mass.
" BOSTON (CBS) – New Hampshire’s lakes, mountains and rural charm — not to mention its tax-free status — have long enticed Massachusetts to cross the border to play, relax and shop for bargains.

But with Massachusetts embracing development of up to three resort-style casinos and a slots parlor, some in New Hampshire now fear a reverse flow of dollars to its southern neighbor and a lost economic opportunity.

Supporters of legalized casino gambling, stung by a recent setback in the Legislature, are regrouping with an eye toward next year’s session and the hope of authorizing one or more casinos in the Granite State. They say the uptick in casino activity in Massachusetts, Maine and elsewhere in the region adds a sense of urgency to act before the gambling market hits saturation.

Candidates for governor from both major parties have offered varying degrees of qualified support for casinos. A veto pledge by outgoing Gov. John Lynch was seen as a factor in the defeat in March of a bill to allow up to four casinos in New Hampshire "

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