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November 18, 2017
In Focus Today
In Focus Today
The growing mega-casinos
(2006-09-21)
Rick Green is a reporter for the Hartford Courant.
MELISSA BLANKSTEEN, WNPR
(wnpr) - Connecticut tribes have built the world's two largest casinos and now the state is poised for expansion. So, how much is too much?

Foxwoods and the Mohegan Sun draw millions of visitors and made billions in gambling revenues. These mega-casinos have provided jobs to a region that was hit hard by the state's manufacturing decline, and have provided an anchor tourist attraction for Southeast Connecticut. The state, currently riding high on a budget surplus, gets more than 420 million dollars in slot revenues from it's deal with the tribes.

But the casinos also brought more traffic and more problem gambling into the state. And with a major expansion planned at Foxwoods, some worry, is Connecticut turning into Las Vegas or Atlantic City?

Today, on Where We Live, we'll be talking about Connecticut's casino culture. Joining us is Hartford Courant columnist Rick Green, who covered the tribes and their casinos for years. On the phone, Professor Clyde Barrow from the Center for Policy Analysis at UMass Dartmouth and Clinical Director Walt Miller from Department of Mental Health and Addiciton Services will also join us. And, we'd like to hear from you. Do you welcome more gambling in the state, along with the revenue it brings? Or, do you think we're too addicted to casinos?

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