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Connecticut Casino Towns to Get Funding

15 March 2005

CONNECTICUT – As reported by the Connecticut Day: "The legislature's Planning and Development Committee unanimously approved Gov. M. Jodi Rell's proposal to send $250,000 apiece in state aid to five towns surrounding the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos.

"The committee voted 15-0 to approve the additional payments – slot machine revenues distributed through the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan Fund – for Ledyard, Preston, Montville, Norwich and North Stonington.

"Officials at those municipalities and others say the huge success of gambling on the Mohegan and Mashantucket reservations has increased municipal spending. Town officials point to increased public safety expenses, road maintenance and higher educational costs due to an influx of non-English speaking students into the schools, many the children of casino workers…"

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