Rhode Island lawmaker says gaming headed to ballot

The Democratic leader of the Rhode Island Senate thinks some sort of gaming proposal will be on the ballot this November.

Senate President Joseph A. Montalbano said the state is looking to gaming to patch up its budget deficit. Proposals include a casino for the Narragansett Tribe or an expansion of gaming at two racetracks.

The tribe needs voter approval for a casino but state lawmakers have refused in prior years to put the issue on the ballot. The tribe's partner, Harrah's Entertainment, foresees a $500 million facility with 3,500 slot machines and a 500-room hotel.

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