Gov. Ned Lamont relies on federal funding and state reserves to balance his new budget without significant tax hikes.
Connecticut is close to a deal with the tribes over rights to sports betting.
Talks over sports betting and online gaming come in an economic and political environment vastly changed since March.
The Mohegans want the governor’s blessing to reopen the casino. He’s not ready to give it.
Gov. Ned Lamont declined Friday to use his emergency powers to legalize online gambling during the COVID-19 outbreak,
Foxwoods has stayed open for 28 years through blizzards, hurricanes, and the terrorism attack of Sept. 11. Until Tuesday.
Is Connecticut ready to offer casino games on your phone or laptop? Gov. Ned Lamont is not.
Gov. Ned Lamont endorsed legalizing sports betting under terms opposed by the tribal owners of Foxwoods Resort and Mohegan Sun.
Democratic leaders endorsed legislation that would give the state’s two federally recognized tribes exclusive rights to take bets on sports, open a casino in Bridgeport and offer a broad array of virtual casino games on smart phones and computers.
It’s unclear how permissive the Land of Steady Habits is willing to be in gambling’s new digital age. The secondary question is how much of the action will be handled by Connecticut’s tribal casinos.
The aims of the new suit by MGM are broader than stopping a competing tribal casino in East Windsor: It questions their ability to conduct any off-reservation gambling in Connecticut.
The tribes won’t give up a planned casino in East Windsor, as requested by Gov. Ned Lamont. The next move is Lamont’s.
No one doubts they are an economic player. But the Mashantucket Pequots are making the case anyway.
House Speaker Joe Aresimowicz was skeptical Tuesday that the legislature would resolve any major gaming issues or the legalization of marijuana this spring.
The governor and state legislative leaders need to put together a sustainable plan for state government to live within its means, instead exploring an expansion of casino gaming.