Newport Grand http://ripr.org en Former Providence Mayor Paolino Eyeballing Newport Grand http://ripr.org/post/former-providence-mayor-paolino-eyeballing-newport-grand <p>Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino said he and some partners are interested in buying Newport Grand. Paolino said the struggling slot parlor needs to be saved before table games come to Massachusetts.</p><p>Paolino said he and his two partners have been talking with owners of Newport Grand since last summer. Since then Foxwoods has been looking at building a casino in Fall River, and Paolino sees that as a dire threat.</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 17:13:47 +0000 Catherine Welch 31782 at http://ripr.org Former Providence Mayor Paolino Eyeballing Newport Grand Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-political-economic-reality-and-myth <p>Every serious candidate says Rhode Island’s poor economy is the top issue in this year’s governors’ race. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for Rhode Island to sort economic myth from reality.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Say hello to any of the five major candidates for governor and you’ll get a marathon run of rhetoric on the need to create jobs in our struggling state.&nbsp; On the Republican side, Ken Block and Allan Fung have both talked about ushering in a better business climate, lowering taxes and looking for ways to save taxpayer money.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:59:38 +0000 Scott MacKay 28460 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: RI Political-Economic Reality and Myth What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry http://ripr.org/post/what-casinos-massachusetts-could-mean-ris-gaming-industry <p>Rhode Island’s gaming industry is keeping a sharp eye on what’s happening in Massachusetts as the state’s gambling commission works out where to license up to three resort-style casinos and a slot parlor.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island pulls in enough money from Twin River and Newport Grand to make gaming the third largest source of revenue for the state. Casinos in Massachusetts threatens that revenue.</p><p>So how close is Massachusetts to having casino gambling? Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault to find out.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:51:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28266 at http://ripr.org What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry More Conn. competition for RI gambling venues http://ripr.org/post/more-conn-competition-ri-gambling-venues <p>More bad news for Rhode Island gambling venues: Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun casino has announced a major retail expansion at its flagship property in Uncasville, Conn. The new retail destination will have 200,000 square feet of entertainment, shopping and dining. The new facility will be located next to the Winter Garage. Construction is slated to begin later and the space is scheduled to open in early 2015.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 19:33:14 +0000 Scott MacKay 17441 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Gaming May Take a Hit Once Massachusetts Casinos Open http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-gaming-may-take-hit-once-massachusetts-casinos-open <p>Casino gambling just like in Las Vegas is scheduled to begin Wednesday at Twin River in Lincoln.</p><p>The one-time dog track has become the first venue ever in Rhode Island to offer table games thanks to voters, who approved the change to stave off competition from new casinos proposed for Massachusetts.</p><p>Gambling is a major part of the state budget, and to better understand how games like blackjack and roulette will affect the budget, Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with Paul Dion from the State Department of Revenue.</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 11:26:03 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 17150 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Gaming May Take a Hit Once Massachusetts Casinos Open The new Rhode Island: Gambling is us http://ripr.org/post/new-rhode-island-gambling-us <p>There’s an old chestnut in banking: If you owe the bank $10,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $100 million, you own the bank.</p><p>That’s pretty much what has happened in Rhode Island state government’s quest to regulate the state-sponsored gambling emporiums at Newport Grand and at Twin River (aka Twin Rivahs in Vo Dilundese) in Lincoln.</p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 20:02:00 +0000 Scott MacKay 17054 at http://ripr.org Newport Grand seeking state help http://ripr.org/post/newport-grand-seeking-state-help <p>The Newport Grand slot machine parlor lost its attempt to expand with Las Vegas-style table games in last November’s election. Now Newport Grand is seeking a break from state gaming taxes while the gambling emporium decides its next move.</p><p>Under legislation introduced in the Rhode Island General Assembly, Newport Grand is looking to decrease the share of gambling revenues it send to the state by about $3 million over the next two years, according to Diane Hurley, owner of Newport Grand.</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 21:41:04 +0000 Scott MacKay 13447 at http://ripr.org 2012 News Countdown: Split gambling vote http://ripr.org/post/2012-news-countdown-split-gambling-vote <p>(PROVIDENCE, RI) Once again, it was a busy year in the Ocean State, and Rhode Island Public Radio’s counting down the top ten news stories of 2012. At number 2 is the split vote to expand gambling at one video slot parlor, but not at another.</p><p>In November, Rhode Islanders voted to expand gambling to include casino-style games at Twin River. The vote received overwhelming support in Twin River’s host community of Lincoln.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jan 2013 16:15:07 +0000 Ian Donnis 4671 at http://ripr.org 2012 News Countdown: Split gambling vote