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On Politics
4:00 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

RI Sales, Income Tax Collections Up, Gambling Taxes Down

Gambling revenues were down at both Twin River and Newport Grand (pictured) from the same time last year.
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Some good news for Rhode Island’s  state budget: income and sales tax receipts are up over last year’s totals.

That’s the report from the state Department of Revenue comparing state revenues through October with the same period last year. Income tax collections are 3 percent about last year and sales levies are up 4.3 percent, according to data released today.

On a more sober note, state gambling tax collections are down 1.3 percent from the same period last year.

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Politics
9:21 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Developer May Try Again To Bring Table Games To Newport

Table games are not coming to Newport Grand, at least for the time being.
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Developer Joe Paolino says he’ll try again to bring table games to Newport. Voters approved turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino, but Newporters voted it down. 

Massachusetts voters gave gambling there a thumbs up. And that will hurt the slot parlor, said Paolino “You know right now I’m more concerned about the workers, because the workers are the ones that really put up this fight, they’re very concerned about their jobs.”

Proponents pushed the jobs angle; while opponents said a casino didn’t fit in Newport.

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On Politics
4:51 pm
Tue November 4, 2014

Voter turnout high in Newport's 5th Ward polling place

Newport voter turnout, likely driven by the casino referendum at Newport Grand,  is high. That report comes from old friend and former great ProJo reporter Brian C. Jones.

As of 3:30 about 820 of the estimated 2,200 voters eligible to cast ballots at the city’s `Fifth Ward’ polling place at Rogers High School had voted. Election officials said that there have been a steady stream of voters all day.

As the late U.S. House Speaker Tip O’Neill  so famously said, ``All politics is local.’’

Politics
9:12 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Expanded Casino Gaming On The Line As Newporters Head To Polls

Newport Grand slot parlor; supporters hope to open table games in the facility, pending approval from voters.
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This Election Day Newport voters will decide whether table games like poker and blackjack will be allowed at Newport Grand slot parlor.  The issue has become divisive in the small waterfront city.

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Rhody Votes 2014
8:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Closer Look At The Casino Issue Dividing Newport

Newport Grand has stood without table games for 38 years, now Newport residents could change that on November 4th.
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Newport residents defeated the expansion of table games like poker and blackjack at Newport Grand slot parlor two years ago.  But because casinos with table games are likely coming to southern Massachusetts, the issue is back on the ballot. 

This time however, a team of developers want to buy Newport Grand, and they have a plan to sweeten the pot, hoping to get approval.  As part of our Rhody Votes coverage Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender explains how the issue is dividing residents in this historic city by the sea.

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On Politics
5:50 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

TGIF: 15 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Your comments and tips are always welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me on the twitters. Without further ado, here we go.

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RI News
2:28 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Paolino Surprised That Paiva Weed Came Out Against A Newport Casino

A group of developers wants to turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino.
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One of the developers behind turning Newport Grand into a casino said he’s surprised that Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed has now come out against table games in Newport. Her comments came shortly after Wednesday night’s vote by the Newport City Council to reject a host agreement with developers.

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On Politics
9:10 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Paiva Weed Now Opposes Newport Casino Referendum; Developers Offer Added Incentives

Paiva Weed during a previous Statehouse news conference
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Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed (D-Newport) on Wednesday night said she opposes the addition of table games at Newport Grand, after the Newport City Council voted 4-3 to reject the host agreement for a transformation of the slot parlor into a full-fledged casino.

"In light of the council's decision to not approve the host agreement, I can not support the referendum," Paiva Weed told RIPR.

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RI News
10:43 am
Tue August 19, 2014

A Crowded Field Will Squeeze Profits At New England Casinos

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The rising number of casinos in New England that’s hurting the Foxwoods Resort Casino is both a threat to table games in Rhode Island and the reason to add more.

Analyst Clyde Barrow said the Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Connecticut has been losing millions of dollars since its peak in 2006. To blame: a slow economic recovery and a growing number of casinos in New England.

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On Politics
2:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum

Slots are the only attraction at Newport Grand, but a group is trying to bring table games to the casino.
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It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.

There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.

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