The Mashantucket Pequots and the Mohegans are preparing to advertise to get their message as the push continues to build that third casino in Connecticut.
There is a new digital ad about to hit the Internet. The big message, Connecticut will lose thousands of jobs without a third casino.
"The reason, we are debating this issue is not because we are in love with gambling,” Majority Leader State Sen. Bob Duff said. “But because tens of thousands of jobs are at stake right now."
The other message is the money.
"The casinos will pay for this at their expense,” the ad states.
While the tribes say they'll will foot the bill, opponents fear it opens a Pandora's Box. It allows a casino to be built on non-tribal land and that opens the door for commercial developers, who will also want a piece of the action.
"What is the hurry? Are we truly rushing into this. Are we putting the cart before the horse,” State Sen Tony Hwang, who is a Republican with the Commerce Committee said.
Then there's the concern more gambling will create more crime and more addiction.
The tribes have narrowed down the site to three towns in Hartford, East Hartford and Windsor Locks.
“I am on the fence because I need to see what's in it for Windsor Locks,” Windsor Locks First Selectman Chris Kervick said.
Kervick said he has been told unofficially Windsor Locks is the most desired location. It could block casino goers from going further up Interstate 91 to neighboring Springfield where MGM is building its own casino.
Also unofficially, Bradley airport may soon be involved in more serious negotiations. The airport could generate casino junkets and high rollers, who fly in for the weekend, gamble and fly out.
The executive director of the Connecticut Airport Authority said in a statement "we see the potential business opportunity and we want to take advantage of it."
Whatever site is chosen, it will have an impact on the town and those who live there.
“Most likely some additional pressure on emergency services, perhaps added pressure on the school system,” Kervick said. “These things have to be considered."
Even when the site is chosen by the tribes, Connecticut lawmakers must approve it.
On Friday, the chairman of the commerce committee will be making a push to wait and study the impact of more gambling.
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