Mohegan Tribe backs more aid for Connecticut host

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The chairman of the Mohegan Tribe is advocating for the town that hosts its Connecticut casino to receive a bigger share of the slots revenue it hands over to the state.

The state divides some money from two tribal casinos each year for grants to Connecticut’s 169 cities and towns. The grant’s size depends on factors including the value of state-owned property, population and per-capita income.

The grant given annually to Montville, which hosts Mohegan Sun, has fallen from $2.9 million in 2008 to $1.5 million.

A Mohegan spokesman said Monday that tribal Chairman Kevin Brown believes it’s important that Montville be recognized as a host community.

Mayor Ronald McDaniel says he understands that gambling revenues are down but Montville has burdens that other towns do not because of the casino.

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