Currently the bill directs the tax revenues to be split, with 10% of the revenue going directly to the Connecticut’s General Fund and 15% to “support state tourism initiatives.”
The tribes claim that the tourism revenues “could add as much as $10 million to the state's annual tourism promotion budget.”
“Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribe said of the bill and the Casino “this is what Connecticut needs to thwart an immediate threat right across our border,” adding that the “tourism-boosting provisions make this a statewide bill that will benefit every corner of Connecticut.”
The most recently proposed state budget eliminated funding to the state’s tourism districts the previous budget. Statewide spending is proposed at $8.25 million a year for the next two years, an increase from $6.29 million but down to 60% of what tourism agencies received in 2011.