BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Joe Ganim issued the following statement regarding the withdrawal of Jonathan Harris from the governor’s race.
“I like Jonathan and wish him well. Although many things unite us as Democrats, as the field narrows, delegates and voters will be able to see more clearly the differences between the candidates. As the only big city mayor in this race who has balanced budgets, my campaign is about building a new Connecticut economy that works for everyone, not just a few, and that begins by making our cities once again engines of economic growth. And as a second chance Mayor, our campaign is also about inclusion and providing an opportunity to all those who haven’t even had a first chance to succeed in this state.”
In Case You Missed It: Joe Ganim In The News This Week
On Monday, the Mayor urged the General Assembly to legalize sports betting in Connecticut. “Connecticut residents are already spending hundreds of millions of dollars every year in the illegal black market to bet on sports betting, so why not set up a legal wagering system that we can tax and is safer to consumers? This could potentially earn the state another $45 million in revenue each year. No one can argue that we need the money and this will also help spur additional job creation as well, at no cost to taxpayers,” said Ganim.
BRIDGEPORT – Bridgeport Mayor and Democratic candidate for Governor Joe Ganim today called for the Connecticut General Assembly to pass Senate Bill No. 540, AN ACT AUTHORIZING SPORTS WAGERING AND ONLINE LOTTERY DRAW GAMES IN THE STATE. The bill sets up legal, highly regulated, taxable sports betting in Connecticut. If enacted, it is estimated that legalizing sports betting could bring the state another $44 million in annual revenue. Gaming industry estimates in Connecticut currently show that state residents spend more than $600 million in illegal sports betting, generating some $36 Million in profits for illegal sports bookmakers. Introducing legal sports wagering that could be taxed by the state at a rate of 15% could significantly eat into that black market. Mayor Ganim is calling on the General Assembly to open up another stream of revenue at little or no cost to taxpayers.