The unprecedented proposal by IGT for a 20-year no-bid gaming contract has all along seemed a huge advantage for that firm to the obvious detriment of the state.
If Rep. Blake Filippi’s figures are correct, this contract would amount to a blatant giveaway, especially in light of the fact that almost all other states buy rather than lease their terminals.
Doesn’t it go without saying that it is incumbent upon state leaders to ensure the best terms available for this lucrative agreement? What is the downside for Rhode Island if competitive bids are sought?
The sales pitch by IGT is, in a word, weak. Such a one-sided proposal, embraced by Governor Raimondo and others in state government, leads this taxpayer to ask: Whose nest is being feathered here?
Steven Artigas, Westerly
Editorial, The Providence Journal
Chief of Staff