Updated March 26 at 7:54am

Chafee approves casino legislation


PROVIDENCE – On Wednesday, Gov. Lincoln D. Chafee signed into law legislation that would give the state 18 percent of revenue from proposed table games at Twin River Casino and Newport Grand if voters approve the measure this November.

Twin River, in Lincoln, has said that would amount to around $10.8 million annually if the slot parlor is allowed to add its desired 65 table games.

The company also projects an increase in slot machine revenue for the state of around $12.3 million. The state will continue to collect around 61 percent of slot revenue, giving a total tax rate over 56 percent.

Twin River and Newport Grand, in Newport, want to open full-fledged gambling in order to stay competitive with possible Massachusetts casinos.

Gov. Deval Patrick signed a law allowing up to three such facilities and legislation has established a 25-percent tax rate there.

Twin River also says that table games would generate 350 full-time equivalent jobs and around 300 spin-off jobs.

Voters on Nov. 6 must approve the referendum statewide and in Lincoln and Newport.


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