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Report: Negative casino impact unfounded

26 February 2008

CONNECTICUT -- As reported by the Boston Herald: "Connecticut's two have not caused the surge in crime and traffic accidents some predicted, new research suggests.

"Moreover, predictions that property values in the towns surrounding Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun would decline also have failed to come true, according to a report in the latest issue of the Connecticut Economy, an academic journal.

"Connecticut appears to have largely escaped some of the most feared adverse consequences of hosting two of the world's largest casinos,' Steven Lanza, the journal's executive editor writes, in his article, 'Spill-Free Gaming.'

"The findings of the quarterly journal, which gets 5 percent of its funding from the casinos, will likely be debated in Massachusetts as lawmakers prepare to do battle over Gov. Deval Patrick's plan for three resort casinos.

"...Instead of dealing with a rising tide of violent behavior, crime rates dropped in Ledyard and Montville in the decade between 1990 and 2000 when the Connecticut casinos opened, according to Lanza, who examined Census data..."

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