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Letter: New Jersey’s casino lesson

I’ve followed the casino proposals with amusement and nostalgia.

Although I’ve lived in Concord for 15 years, I grew up in Cape May County, N.J., just 15 miles south of Atlantic City.

I remember very well the legalizing of casino gambling in New Jersey in 1975 and all the promises made about the transformational flood of money that would free the state from its high tax burdens.

Almost 40 years later, the story is told. Is New Jersey a low-tax mecca whose citizens bask in the benefits of easy money? It is not. Its citizens remain some of the most taxed in the nation, paying income, property, sales, use, local purpose, fire and school taxes, along with countless fees and tolls.

This despite far more than one or two casinos. Can we honestly expect a different story in New Hampshire?



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