New Hampshire’s scenic beauty and low taxes have long enticed Massachusetts residents to head north. But the new casino law in the Bay State has many in New Hampshire fearing a reverse flow of dollars.
Candidates for governor have offered varying degrees of support for casino gambling in New Hampshire. A veto pledge by outgoing Gov. John Lynch was seen as a factor in the March defeat of a bill that would have allowed casinos in New Hampshire.
Supporters of legalized casino gambling in New Hampshire are regrouping with an eye toward next year’s legislative session. Millennium Gaming has proposed a $450 million casino at Salem’s Rockingham Park, which ended live racing two years ago.
Casino foes cite social ills associated with gambling and concerns that casinos would siphon off consumer dollars from established businesses.