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Malloy Calls For Better Casino, Tribe Relationship

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Slot Machine File Photo (Janice Brown/Getty Images)

Slot Machine File Photo (Janice Brown/Getty Images)

By STEPHEN DOCKERY
Associated Press

MASHANTUCKET, Conn. (AP) – Gov. Dannel Malloy says the state needs to do more to help promote Connecticut’s two Indian-run casinos.

Malloy said on a tour of the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort casinos Thursday that the state has neglected its tourism funding and relationship with the state’s tribes. He said the state will spend between $9 million and $15 million in the next two years to promote Connecticut and help draw more tourists.

In June, he kicked off a $2.6 million summer tourism campaign.

The governor’s casino visits were part of his visits to Connecticut businesses over the past few months to focus on job growth.

Connecticut receives a portion of slot machine revenue. For the state’s budget year that ended June 30, 2010, Connecticut received $350.3 million from the two casinos.

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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