The Mashantuckets and Mohegans have clout. At least $400 million of it.
The legislature’s Finance, Revenue and Bonding Committee let a bill to ban smoking in the casinos die.
From an Associated Press report: State Rep. Cameron Staples, D-New Haven, the committee’s co-chairman, says there’s concern the tribes would fight the ban in court and withhold the $400 million they provide the state in slot machine revenue.
Ohhhhhhh! I get it!
$400 million? That’ll buy more than 5.7 million packs of cigarettes. Smoke ’em if you got ’em.