Connecticut Governor Dannel P Malloy has announced that he is not interested in bringing online gambling into the state. Although Connecticut has had a difficult time with finances recently, the governor does not believe that it should turn to gambling to solve the problem.
The main concern for the state is that legalizing and regulating online gambling would cut into profits from local lottery retailers, who also contribute to government tax revenue. According to the governor, it would take at least 5% away from these outlets. The government also wants to encourage general sales for local retailers, as lottery customers also use the opportunity to buy tickets to pick up other items.
Governor Malloy also states that keeping underage players from accessing online gambling websites would be a difficult feat. He does not believe that the government would be able to adequately protect these individuals from gambling online and does not want to take the risk at the moment.
Connecticut is one of many states that have adopted this stance on online gambling. It seems that many others have changed their minds about the option of legalizing and regulating online poker.