Letter: Casino means jobs
As the New Hampshire House considers SB 152, the bill to bring casino gaming to New Hampshire, it’s important to reflect upon exactly what is at stake. The bottom line is this bill is the only proposal before the Legislature that will create a significant number of private-sector jobs. Virtually every single candidate for the House, Senate, or any other office ran on a promise to create jobs and improve our economy. This is their chance to follow through on that promise. Let’s get it done and put Granite Staters back to work.
The New Hampshire construction industry has yet to recover from the economic collapse of 2009. Construction suffered a 30 percent employment drop and has recovered little over the last four years. We desperately need major privately funded construction projects if we’re to get New Hampshire’s economy back on track.
If we pass SB 152, the casino licensee will be required to make a capital investment of no less than $425 million.
That’s a massive construction project that will create more than 2,000 good-paying jobs with benefits.
Additionally, this legislation will bring in significant annual revenue expressly designated for road and bridge construction. That means more jobs and an opportunity to repair and redevelop New Hampshire’s infrastructure.
This bill will bring incredible opportunity for working men and women in our state. Our elected representatives campaigned on job creation, and it’s time for them to live up to their campaign promises. It’s time for them to stand up for New Hampshire’s working families and pass SB 152.
(The writer is president of the New Hampshire Building and Construction Trades Council.)