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New Hampshire Has Not Seen The Last Of Gambling Debate

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The state of New Hampshire toyed with the idea of expanding gambling for an entire legislative session. In the end, a new budget was signed, and no progress was made towards completing the expanded gambling.

Lawmakers in New Hampshire spent many hours debating back and forth over whether or not video gambling machines should be added to state racetracks. They voted against it this time around, but many of them believe the issue is far from resolved.

"While this new budget is set for the next two years, people in New Hampshire are not happy about the higher taxes that it brings," said observer John Belcher, "the gambling issue is going to have to be discussed again because many residents are in favor of the expanded gambling."

New Hampshire racetracks have had a tough time staying above water in the current economy. It has become a common theme among racetrack owners around the country that expanded gambling is a way to help the tracks survive.

A similar debate has taken place in Kentucky where lawmakers also denied the expanded gambling. In Kentucky, their horse tracks are in desperate need of a revenue increase to ensure that horsemen stay in the state. Lawmakers in Kentucky have ignored Governor Steve Beshear's plea to add video gambling at the tracks.

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