Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant gave lawmakers a last-minute prodding on Thursday to enact a lottery bill, which he said will generate the state multi-millions in revenue annually.
The Ledger-Enquirer reported that the pro-lottery governor made a last ditch attempt to convince members of the House and the Senate to enact a lottery as tax collections continue to fall short of expectations.
Earlier this week, the cash-strapped state made its third round of spending cuts since the budget year started July 1.
“When you’re looking at some of the challenges that we’re having and you see a revenue bill that would generate somewhere between 50 and 60 million dollars — just an estimate — I think that’s something that needs to be taken seriously by the members of both the House and the Senate,” Bryant said, according to the news website.
The Mississippi governor has been very vocal in supporting a lottery in his jurisdiction. Bryant even supported Mississippi residents driving to Arkansas to buy lottery tickets in his one of his speeches in January.
Mississippi’s lottery proposals died in the House earlier this month but could be revived in the Senate in the next few weeks. The three-month legislative session is about to start and is scheduled to end April 2.
“When I was lieutenant governor and president of the Senate, if I had a majority of my members who wanted to vote, I thought it was incumbent upon me to let them have that opportunity to exercise that right,” said Bryant, who served one term as lieutenant governor before starting his current job in 2014. “It may not be just popular with some members, but I think the majority wants to have an opportunity to vote on a state lottery, and we’d certainly look at that with great interest.”
June seven, 2016
The operators of Connecticut’s Foxwoods Vacation resort Casino have their eyes on creating a new on line casino assets in Biloxi, Mississippi.
On Tuesday, the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Country introduced a new strategic partnership with gulf coastline businessman Chris Ferrara’s Biloxi Boardwalk Ventures and The Hartmann Group to construct a $265m Foxwoods-branded on line casino on a 23-acre web-site in Biloxi’s Back Bay spot.
The task, which will be dubbed Foxwoods Vacation resort Casino at Biloxi Pointe, strategies to present a five hundred-place resort, a 50k-sq.-foot on line casino floor featuring practically one,400 slots and desk video games, 71k sq. ft of conference and exhibition space, as effectively as the requisite dining, retail and amusement selections.
The partners say they visualize a spring 2019 grand opening and Ferrara claimed the assets would have an “old Biloxi” concept. The new on line casino would be the 13th on the state’s coastline.
Some financing commitments however have to be organized and the Mississippi Gaming Commission will have to approve the plan prior to shovels touch earth, but Ferrara garnered acceptance for a on line casino on the web-site in 2012.
Biloxi mayor Andrew Gilich claimed he was inspired by the announcement, noting that Ferara has been making an attempt to corral the appropriate on line casino partners since he acquired the land in 2002. Gilich claimed the Mashantucket Pequots’ involvement “will absolutely energize this task.”
Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council chairman Rodney Butler claimed the task made available the chance to “not only expand geographic diversification for the Foxwoods brand but also leverage our administration abilities effectively outside of New England.”
Foxwoods Vacation resort Casino CEO Felix Rappaport claimed Biloxi was the great location for the tribe’s enlargement plan since it made available a “near-great, year spherical local weather, casual coastal vibe and superb nightlife.”
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