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New Hampshire

May 8, 2013

Salem official speaks about casino plan to lawmakers

Casino developments

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The bill calls for licensing one casino by bid with local approval. The casino would have up to 150 table games and 5,000 slot machines. A casino developer would have to invest at least $425 million.

Millennium tonight is unveiling new plans for the Rockingham Park redevelopment. A Town Hall-style meeting is set for 7 p.m. at Rockingham Park. The plans include the return of live horse racing and the continuation of simulcast races.

Millennium co-CEO Bill Wortman has said the new plans likely will mean an increase in the 2,000 construction and 1,300 gaming jobs the company anticipated under the old redevelopment plans.

Today, officials from Washington County in Pennsylvania are scheduled to be in Concord to speak to lawmakers about their experiences with a Millennium-run casino.

Casino opponents, meanwhile, continue to press their case.

The Granite State Coalition Against Expanded Gambling, as Millennium’s new plans for The Rock emerged, warned developers would do anything to get licensed.

“Casino developers consistently over promise delivery dates, casino amenities, tax revenue and regulatory compliance to get casinos legalized and to win licenses,” coalition chairman Jim Rubens said.

The group called for changes in the bill to protect the state’s interests, including requiring a bond or irrevocable letter of credit for completion of a casino, disclosure of potential infrastructure costs and requiring construction of permanent facilities before a casino is allowed to operate.

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