Hawaii governor questions newly-proposed casino
Governor of Hawaii David Ige has expressed his uncertainty of the new casino proposal that is set to be opened in the second-largest city in Hawaii, Kapolei.
Slot machines and poker games are currently illegal in Hawaii, and the state does not have any lotteries or any casinos. This will however change shortly after the new casino launches.
Recently, the Hawaii Homes Commission (HHC) chose a location for the casino and, regardless of his doubt, the governor “will likely be included in the legislative agenda for 2021” while his stance as reported by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser is “considered unofficial so far.”
The Governor said: “The benefits [of a casino] would not exceed the social costs of gambling. It does not provide economic value to our community.”
Casino.org also stated that the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) suggested “the construction of an integrated resort because it needs to raise $6 billion to provide housing assistance to nearly 28,000 Native Hawaiians”.
Nevertheless, the newly proposed casino is currently paused because of “shortage of money” in the budget of the agency, which is probably associated with the economic and financial issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.