This week, Rhode Island voters rejected a proposal that would have allowed Harrah’s Entertainment Inc., and the Narragansett Indian Tribe to build a casino in West Warwick. Days before the ballot, Governor Donald Carcieri said he was worried that a new casino would harm the businesses of the two gaming facilities in the state, Newport Grand and Lincoln Park.
Governor Carcieri was especially concerned because the two gaming facilities give to the state 60 percent of their gaming revenue. On the other hand, the new casino supporters claimed that it would generate jobs and economic profits.
Concerning the rejection, Harrah’s said in a press release, referring to the Narragansett Tribe: “We share your disappointment at being denied the right to a casino on your sovereign land, a right that every other federally recognized tribe in the United States enjoys.”