There seems to be alot of vitriol floating around the end of the legislative session and the Statehouse. Some of it is even on this very board (see my response) below.
At least one thing went right.
Governor Lynch has signed into law H.B. 229-FN-A which repeals the 10% tax on gambling winnings. This is good for several reasons: First is the regressive nature of the tax, think jobs at the Lodge at Belmont; the second is the potential for gambling winnings, wherever they may be and finally the future of the industry and chairitible events that raise funds in addition to gambling winnings.
This isn't an argument for expanded casino gaming, which is a separate issue.
I'll close this out by saying that I've been to casinos and racetracks across the U.S. and Canada and when the Lodge at Belmont had simulcasting and the automated betting stations it was one of the best, if not the best simulcasting facility in the country. If you don't believe me name another simulcasting facility or track that offered what the Lodge at Belmont did.
Dover Downs is a nice track with thoroughbred racing but they don't have the facilities for bettors. Try standing in line at a betting window two minutes before post time, especially when a lead horse on a $2 trifecta box has just scratched and the board shows a 20-1 horse jumping to 6-1 with a Beyer score of 97.
The policymakers in Concord and Governor Lynch did a quality action by repealing a regressive 10% tax and creating opportunity for the future. This is what leadership and good policy is all about.
Vaillancourt Vitriol- I just wanted to write a few words of response to the capitalized, snivelling self-centered material this legislator posted below.
I'm not going to respond to the content he describes. Suffice to say that per his instructions I won't be posting any more comments to his drivel that appears on his board. Vaillancourt practices good censorship anyway so I'm not sure there is an issue to begin with.
I served in the New Hampshire House of Representatives during a period of time when Rep. Vaillancourt was there. My experience with this loudmouth cry baby Manchester legislator marching up the well like he is somebody was the same response that I got from most of the midsection of Division 3 about his debating skills.
Get a life Vaillancourt. And its in that order.