Opposing views on casino gambling in Nashua aired
During a joint meeting between the Nashua delegation and the Board of Aldermen, the topic of casinos drew criticism and praise from various officials on different sides of the table."We are being lobbied heavily by gambling companies," state Rep. Jan Schmidt, D-Nashua, told aldermen, sharing her strong opposition to allowing a casino in the state.
Alderman Ken Siegel, Ward 9, said casinos are designed to keep business inside of their personal walls.
"There is very little benefit," said Siegel, who owns a business in Salem and does not favor a casino being built there.There is a misconception that casinos will leak money into the community, but historically that has not been the case, Siegel said. "Let us not kid ourselves," he said, adding that casinos are in it for themselves and will not provide an economic advantage to the state.
Addressing concerns about gaming addiction, Lasky said there are pros and cons to casino gaming.
Rep. Pam Brown, who also serves as a city alderman, says she supports a casino in New Hampshire.
Aside from casinos, other topics discussed on Monday by the joint boards included pension costs, Common Core standards, education funding, rail and more.