With sports betting, Rhode Island roars by Connecticut, again
Put another check by another box on the Connecticut vs. Rhode Island score card, on the Rhode Island side.
Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, who long ago solved her state’s employee pension crisis, which was not unlike the one that continues to consume Connecticut, plans to sign sports betting into law by the end of the week.
Sports betting already is in her state’s budget, with a conservative first year estimate of $23 million in revenue.
Connecticut lawmakers and Gov. Dannel Malloy, like frozen deer in the headlights of the state’s Indian gaming compacts, vowed to take up sports betting when it became possible with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, but didn’t.
Rhode Island just flipped the switch on its new electronic tolls on trucks, an overhead array of automatic toll collectors, just beyond the Connecticut border, the first phase of a system that is projected to generate $450 million over the next 10 years, much of it from out-of-state truckers.
Tolls in Connecticut? Not yet. Maybe never, given the political paralysis in this state.
Actually, I assign much of the blame for the lack of tolls specifically on Connecticut Republicans, who generally treat it like a new tax, one they will fight at all costs.
Indeed, gubernatorial hopeful Mark Boughton, the mayor of Danbury, has promised to strap himself to the center of Interstate 95 before tolls could ever be built in Connecticut.
Wow. That’s opposition for you.
I didn’t hear the mayor promising to strap himself to anything when the head of his party was taking babies from their mothers in Texas.
Maybe Boughton should consider strapping himself to Gov. Raimondo’s silent, money-making toll gates just beyond the Connecticut border.
Our Sen. Paul Formica of East Lyme, Republican co-chair of the Appropriations Committee, praised the fiscal year 2019 budget