N.H.’s Lynch opposed to expanded gambling

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New Hampshire Governor John Lynch says efforts to expand gambling aren’t headed anywhere at present.

During an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio’s “The Exchange” yesterday, he said there isn’t the political will for it to happen this year.

Last week, the Nevada company that has an option to buy Rockingham Park in Salem unveiled plans to return thoroughbred horse racing there if the Legislature allowed it to have on site 3,000 slot machines.

Millennium Gaming Incorporated’s own study contends the gaming would generate at least $150 million a year in revenue to state coffers.

But when a radio caller suggested that casino-style gambling would be a “perfect fit” to help the ailing North Country, Lynch said it’s not even an option for him to consider.

Lynch added money from expanded gambling should not be in the mix in dealing with the state’s current revenue shortfall.

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