Calls for Stop to Government-Driven Monopoly Proposal

Manchester, NH—A New Hampshire Legislative Committee today again takes up the issue of casino gambling in New Hampshire. The proposal would allow for two casinos in New Hampshire sharing 5,000 slot machine and 240 table games.  This is the latest in a series of large casino gambling bills proposed in the past several years that have failed to meet legislative approval.

Gubernatorial Candidate Andrew Hemingway, who opposes the plan, released the following statement today:

“The government should not be in the business of picking winners and losers. It should not be in the business of saying, ‘I’m going to let one or two private businesses become millionaires, effect the surrounding business climate, take revenue away from non-casino small businesses, all in the name of a revenue bomb for the state.’ 

“Right now, New Hampshire has seven charitable gaming facilities across the state.  Over 200 New Hampshire charities shared in $4.8 million dollars of donation revenue last year.  The state received just $1.3 million dollars, in large part, because these facilities are not allowed slot machines.   Why don’t we look here, to a business and industry already in place, if we want to expand our revenue stream from gambling?  These large casinos will not only harm surrounding businesses--(who is going to leave a gaming campus for dinner when you can have one right there)--it will destroy donated revenue for more than 200 charities in New Hampshire.  Let’s get creative.  Let’s improve what we have for our charities and our state budget and let’s do it without harming others along the way.  Maggie Hassan may want to pick donors and friends to make rich, I want to create a climate where everyone can prosper.”  -- Andrew Hemingway

Andrew will be releasing a comprehensive gambling proposal shortly.

For more information on Andrew, please visit his website at www.andrewhemingway.com