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Connecticut’s two casinos are reporting a drop in slot revenue last month compared to this time last year – but they still bring in big money to the state.
Despite a nine percent decrease at Foxwoods, and a six million dollar shortfall at Mohegan – the state still took in almost 30 million dollars from the casinos. It’s money the state has come to rely on – especially as tax revenues dry up.
The casinos have also added thousands of jobs to Southeatern Connecticut - but it’s not all good news. Connecticut's dependence on gambling revenue for the state budget is double the national average and among the highest of any state in the country. Embezzlement arrests have risen 400% since Foxwoods opened in 1991 - and the casinos have a drastic impact on the surrounding towns. The town of Norwich has 400 students speaking 20 languages. Today, where we live we’ll talk about the findings of a new report on “The Impact of Gambling in Connecticut” - Join the conversation.