HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- At the State Capitol, they're talking about another expansion of gambling to raise money for the state. This time it's video slot-machine parlors.
The pros are; the state needs the money and it will create some jobs. The cons are; it'll make gambling much easier and that's a bad thing for a lot of people.
State lawmakers are exploring the idea of expanding the number of places you can play video slot machines in Connecticut.
"Good idea," said Skip McCorison, Granby.
The only place you can legally play video slot machines is at the state's two Indian owned casinos.
Last year the state's cut from those machines was about $350 million. This year it's expected to shrink to about $300 million, a trend that is expected to continue.
Some believe the way to stop the erosion is to expand the places where you can play slots said to be the most popular form of gambling.
One idea would put the machines at the New Haven teletheater, known as Sports Haven.
As well as the state's other two off track betting faculties; the Bradley teletrack in Windsor Locks and the Shoreline Star in Bridgeport.
Some members of this task force believe much of the erosion of gambling dollars has been going to new gambling facilities in New York.
"Advertising heavily in Fairfield County, they've taken almost 33% of our market away form our casinos at Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods, they're losing dollars all the time," said Jim Amann, Shoreline Star.
Some also believe that putting the video slots at the Windsor Locks teletrack could help the state stem the tide when a casino opens just over the border in Western Massachusetts.
"That's going to pull revenues away from Connecticut and , you that's always been part of our budget, so I'm really concerned about that," said Rep. Peggy Sayers, (D) Windsor Locks.
But problem gambling experts say expanding the places where people can play video slots is exactly the wrong thing for Connecticut to do.
"We're introducing it into communities now so people don't have to drive very far to go and people who would normally not go to the casinos are now going to have things in their backyard," said Mary Drexler, CT Council on Problem Gambling.
This would have to get the okay from the Indian tribes, they have an exclusive contract with the state in exchange for the revenue they give to the state each month.
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