The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes are looking to open three new casinos in Connecticut. However, there are people who oppose this proposition.
Reasoning against this, Robert Steele and Tony Hwang argued during Tuesday’s op-ed that legislators should not give the tribes free hand to open “convenience casinos”. The two senators also contest the granting of federal recognition for Indian tribes, quoting that “the proponents of building additional casinos are exactly like gambling addicts!”
Tribes are awaiting federal recognition following restructured regulations offered by the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs which would then allow them to open said casinos in Connecticut. The tribes’ motives imply growing revenue from out-of-state visitors that would be returning to gamble at the new casinos. This effort was initiated after reduced turnout and proceeds diminishing at Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun caused the region to be short on income.
Robert Steele is set to appear as a guest speaker at the League of Women Voters of Northeast Connecticut’s meeting on April 28th, held in the Buchanan Auditorium of the Mansfield Public Library. He will be discussing the subject of “Connecticut Casinos – Past, Present and Future” in an effort to shed some light on the matter.