UNITE HERE LOCAL 54 SAYS ASSEMBLYMAN CAPUTO FAILS TO RECOGNIZE HOW NORTH JERSEY CASINOS WOULD KILL JOBS IN THE SOUTH
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 16, 2016
Atlantic City, NJ – Today, UNITE HERE Local 54 criticized Assemblyman Ralph Caputo for failing to note the impact that expanding casinos to North Jersey would have on Atlantic City jobs as he introduced legislation aimed at clarifying some of the many unknowns on the proposed expansion. Bob McDevitt, President of UNITE HERE Local 54 serves on the board of Trenton’s Bad Bet.
“While Assemblyman Caputo has said that he wants the casino expansion referendum to be transparent, the measure he introduced today doesn’t even acknowledge the catastrophic job loss that will occur with casino expansion in North Jersey,” said Bob McDevitt, President of UNITE HERE Local 54. “Further, Mr. Caputo offers no safety net, support or protection for the thousands of South Jersey taxpayers who will be left unemployed in the wake of casinos opening in North Jersey. This remains a terrible deal for New Jersey workers despite Mr. Caputo’s efforts to convince us otherwise.”
Earlier today, Assemblyman Caputo introduced legislation that aims to provide more information on how money from new casinos would be allocated in the state, but did not acknowledge how new casinos would kill jobs in Atlantic City. And while Assemblyman Caputo’s legislation says that some money from the new casinos would go to Atlantic City, there is no tax rate set for the new casinos so it is impossible to know how much money this would be.
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