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The state final state budget of $20.86 billion included a decrease in funding for the Office of Tourism's from $6.4 million to $4.1 million. “It means we need to focus on the most effective and efficient ways to maximize the reach of our message,” Randy Fiveash, director of the Office, said.
Questions about traffic, increasing casino competition from neighboring states, and the wisdom or breaking the state compact with the tribes operating Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods remain, say several observers.
“A competitive process will bring Connecticut the best deal, in terms of jobs, economic development, community benefits and support for our local businesses,” start Rep. Chris Rosario said.
MGM Resorts International sent a letter to the governor and lawmakers that challenged the state to opening the bidding process to nontribal entities.
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