Casino in the White Mountains

To the Editor:

Recently there has been a good deal of talk from local State Representatives and State Senators in the White Mountains region regarding their support of gaming, and a casino in the White Mountains to be specific. Unfortunately, talk is cheap.

Just a few months I ago I offered HB 665, which would have allowed for the construction and operation of two destination casinos in the state. One of these casinos would be in a county bordering Massachusetts, and the other would be White Mountains region. This bill would have provided for millions of dollars in revenue for the state while also helping to employ thousands of granite staters through construction and long-term full time jobs.

So how did the Democrat majority party vote? Well, over 80% of them voted to kill the bill including nearly all of the Democrat State Representatives who represent the White Mountains region. It seems that they talk and write articles different than they vote.

I haven't given up yet though. I am working to create an amendment on SB 152, which is another gaming bill. My amendment will add in language that will help bring a casino to the White Mountains region instead of just creating one destination casino in the southern part of the state. Studies have shown that two destinations casinos is the optimal way for our state to successfully enact gaming, and I'm going to make sure that my constituents and the thousands of people in the White Mountains who are looking for work aren't left out.

Hopefully, the Representatives that voted against my bill last time will support my amendment and not turn their backs on their constituents again.

Edmond Gionet

Representative Grafton 5

Lincoln, N.H.

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