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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.
The report by a consultant to the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes maintains that a new casino would need to generate $1.083 billion in gross gaming revenue annually to offset revenue lost from Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun.
MGM, which has proposed a $675 million waterfront casino for Bridgeport, has been lobbying for open competition for about a year,
Still in the running is Windsor Locks; either way, the government must ultimately agree to allowing a third gambling site in the state.