GOP gubernatorial candidate Andrew Hemingway released a proposal to expand gambling in the state of New Hampshire. We reprint it here as presented.
Click here for yesterday’s interview on the proposal.
ANDREW HEMINGWAY PROPOSAL TO ADDRESS EXPANDED GAMING ISSUE IN NH
NH has a long history of state approved gaming and gambling revenue through its scratch ticket and shared jackpot games such as Powerball, Megabucks etc.
- In 1964, New Hampshire became the first state in the country to establish a modern lottery system.
- For years, lawmakers in NH have proposed variations of expanded gambling proposals in NH, most prominently, a one/or two casino proposal to allow companies to bid for “campus-style” casino.
This proposal has been opposed by many businesses and individuals for several reasons including:
- The idea of the State picking “winners and losers” by choosing what one or two private businesses can open a large-scale casino/entertainment venue.
- Large scale/campus-style casino will harm area retail, restaurant and entertainment venues as it will provide benefits and promotions to keep people within the confines of such an establishment. IE Who will leave a Casino campus for lunch a mile away when it can get a discount or use casino points to get a free or discounted meal on the premises?
- Heavy influx of individuals into one area will create issues of traffic, law enforcement needs and neighborhood issues.
- NH, due to poor budgetary decision making over the past decade, has found itself in financial strife requiring a combination of needs between trimming the budget and finding new and sustainable forms of increased revenue. We cannot do this on the backs of taxpayers (individuals or businesses) as they are stretched to the limits already.
- NH currently has eight fulltime charitable gaming facilities in the State. These gaming facilities are allowed multiple table games such as Poker, Craps, Black Jack, Roulette and more, but are not allowed slot machines.
- Of the Net revenue taken in last year, these gaming facilities split its revenue as follows:
35% to a Charity
10% to the State of NH
55% to the House
That formula, last year, brought in $4.8 million to charities and $1.3 million to the state.
HEMINGWAY PROPOSAL FOR EXPANDED CHARITY GAMING
The free market is always the best test site for any new proposal. By expanding existing charitable gaming operations to allow for limited slot machines we can raise revenue for charities, the state, and municipalities.
- Allow the eight existing charitable gaming facilities to have a permit for 150 slot machines at those existing facilities.
- Allow those same eight facilities to have up to 50 additional permits for slot machines they will then host in other facilities as approved by municipalities.
o These numbers may grow and change over a period of years, but this should be used as a beta test for the concept to make sure revenues and charitable donations are a benefit.
- While the table games’ formula for dividing the revenue should stay the same, as there is a significant level of overhead to manage table gaming, the revenue split for slot machine gaming should be as follows:
38% House/Hosting Facility
- Using a conservative estimate of $150.00 per machine per day (understanding this an average as some locations, seasons and days are better than others) the numbers look as follows:
1600 machines x $150.00 = $240,000 per day
$240,000 x 365 = $87,600,000 per year
35% to charity: $30,660,000
25% to state: $21,900,000
2% to municipality: $1, 752,000
38% Remainder to House/hosting facility
- In addition to the direct numbers as seen above, the large amount donated to nearly 300 charities allows for their success without the need for increased state funded assistance.