Rhode Island Readies For Final Verdict On New Casino

Proposed Twin River Casino Tiverton Rhode IslandAfter the US Elections on November 8th, it will be decided whether a new casino facility will be started in the state of Rhode Island or not.

According to the current proposal, a new casino is to be built in Tiverton town which is known for its quiet historical era. This town has a population of 13,000. This new casino will be built close to Massachusetts border.

Gambling contributes a lot of money to state revenues and Rhode Island ranks as the top listed state which has the highest gambling revenue per adult resident in the country of USA. The figure is far more than the state of Nevada.

In order to build public support for the casino proposal, a $2 million proposal was launched a few months earlier.

There is fear among the opponents that a new casino facility in the quiet environment of Tiverton town would result in the increase of a number of social problems related to gambling. Apart from that, the casino will have a negative impact on the social heritage of the town.

YES on Tiverton Casino

John Taylor, who is the Chairman of casino operator Twin River Management Group, has said that the group has chosen Tiverton because the town had supported statewide casino earlier also. The ballot question is seeking approval of the voters of the state in transferring the casino license to the new casino in Tiverton from the existing Newport Grand casino.

Taylor has further commented that the new casino at Tiverton will provide an annual contribution of $50 million to the state of Rhode Island. This figure is double to what being contributed by Newport casino at the present time. The proposal to set up a new casino has received support from bipartisan legislative as well as from local union group. The proposal has been supported by the town leaders citing the guarantee of $3 million on a yearly basis to the city. Apart from that, the modest architectural design of this new casino will not stand out excessively.

However, there are concerns from the State of Rhode Island who does not have sufficient amount of infrastructure to tackle the social ills that will ensue from this new casino.

Higginbotham, the pastor of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church has made the following statement:

The money that is supposedly going to be earned is going to be on the backs of the people who are most vulnerable: the poor from Tiverton and Fall River and New Bedford. People will become addicted. There’s nothing in place to take care of these people when they become addicted to casino gambling.

Taylor has been visiting several homes in the city of Tiverton to address the concerns of people regarding set up of the new casino. He said that the main concern of the people was regarding the environment. He says that the group is working hard to sustain the surrounding of wetlands and wildlife in the region.

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