Monday, June 1, 2009

Flash: Ct. Attorney General Says Tribal Compacts Should Be Amended To Allow Statewide Keno

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Connecticut attorney general Richard Blumenthal said today that if the state of Connecticut wants to allow bars and restaurants to add the game of Keno in order to raise revenue for the state, then the state should change the gaming compacts with the two federally recognized Indian tribes.

It isn't clear whether Keno could be considered a lottery game, Blumenthal said.

Connecticut Governor Jodi Rell included expanding the game of Keno outside of Indian casinos and into bars and restaurants in the budget proposal she unveiled last week.

The budget shows that Keno would generate $20 million for the state in its first year and $60 million every year thereafter. Once Keno is in place, the state could borrow money in the bond market backed by the future state revenues collected on the game.