MGM DOUBTS REVENUE REPORT
MGM Resorts International has dismissed a report that contends an MGM-proposed casino in Bridgeport would not generate enough taxable gaming revenue to offset the loss of revenue Connecticut realizes from local Indian tribes’ two existing casinos. Twenty-five percent of their slot-machine revenues go to the state. The tribes would no longer be required to share that revenue if the state allowed another entity to operate a casino. A consultant hired by MGM Resorts said a Bridgeport casino and legalized sports betting would generate more tax revenue for the state than Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun. The tribes’ contribution came to $270.7 million in fiscal 2017.
NARCAN NOT ENOUGH
Fire chiefs from throughout New England say the opioid reversal drug Naloxone (Narcan) is not enough in their fight against the opioid epidemic. They are calling for a stronger and more cohesive response to the crisis from the local to the international level. The position statement adopted at their annual meeting will be sent to New England governors, state lawmakers and members of Congress and presented within the next month to the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
MONTVILLE MILL INCREASE PROPOSED
Montville Mayor Ron McDaniel told residents and the Town Council Monday, a roughly five percent increase in his 2018-19 proposed budget over current spending was driven by increased capital project expenses and the state’s “continued failure to preserve municipal aid.” McDaniel’s proposal would increase the town’s tax rate by 2.23 mills. McDaniel noted that if every budget line was proposed precisely as requested by department heads, “a nearly eight mill increase would have been necessary.” The Town Council will take a final vote on the budget in May.
K2 ARRESTS MADE
New London Police said officers who were investigating complaints of drug activity concerns at 268 Bank St., arrested a man on Monday for having K2, a synthetic marijuana. Police found Michael Little of New London in a parking lot in possession of 1.4 grams of K2, seven sealed packages of K2, and $404 in cash. Little was charged with several narcotics-related offenses. Anyone with any information about drug activity in New London is asked to call the police.
Ledyard police responding to reports of a disturbance at the Two Trees Inn arrested a patron who was involved in a “loud argument.” They say he was intoxicated and had been swearing at other customers about television programming. Police say John Reilly of Queensbury, N.Y., resisted arrest and was charged with breach of peace and interfering with an officer. He was held on $500 bond and appeared in New London Superior Court yesterday.