State Sen. Bonini discusses casino bailout on WDEL
Governor Markell's request for $8 million to provide a temporary bailout to Delaware's three casinos has raised some eyebrows, but is also enjoying some support among other state lawmakers.
State Senator Colin Bonini (R-Dover South) tells Delaware's Afternoon News he's not a fan of the government's involvement in video lottery machines but does want to make sure casinos remain competitive. He says close to 10 percent of the state's revenue comes from gambling proceeds.
"The government has created this market and has heavily regulated and has heavily taxed them and quite frankly the government has done quite well by it," Bonini says.
He says Delaware's three racinos--Delaware Park, Dover Downs and Harrington Raceway--are big job producers but suffer from a regulatory and tax environment.
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