From Chris Keating, Hartford Courant:
In a major blow for an expansion of gambling, the Senate majority leader said Monday that a proposal to legalize slot machines outside two Indian casinos is dead for this year.
Senator Bob Duff, a key player who controls the agenda with the Senate president pro tem in the Democratic-dominated Senate, said the proposal will not come to a vote in the chamber.
“While this will be a difficult budget season, Connecticut’s economy continues to recover,” Duff said Monday. “The unemployment rate is down, and we continue to grow jobs. Former Speaker Amann’s idea of putting slot machines at off-track betting sites near the Massachusetts border is not the answer, and any expansion of gaming needs to be done in consultation with the tribes.”
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