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Restaurant owners see no upside to NH casinos

Thursday, April 20, 2017  
Posted by: Taylor Salvato
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Restaurant owners see no upside to NH casinos
By: Ethan Hogan

Local restaurant owners don’t want casino gambling in New Hampshire, fearing it will draw diners away from their businesses.

Legislators in Concord are again considering casino gambling on the heels of Massachusetts and Maine getting into the casino business.

Sen. Lou D’Allesandro, D-Manchester, has championed the latest bill, and said a casino would generate $100 million in state revenue annually.

The bill, SB 242, which would allow for two casinos with gaming tables and slot machines, cleared the Senate with a bipartisan vote, 13-10, in March, but it’s uncertain how the House would vote.

Restaurant owners and town officials said that the casinos would hurt local business.

Derry Councilor-at-Large James Morgan strongly opposed the bill because local restaurants would lose their customer base to the casinos, he said. Read more at UnionLeader.com


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