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Election 2012

Casino Gambling in Rhode Island

November 6th Ballot Questions 1 & 2

As the election season swings into high gear, Providence College faculty are available for media interviews on a wide range of topics sure to be hot this election cycle.

Social costs of expanded gambling should be considered upfront.

Research shows a wide array of people may be prone to gambling addiction.

On November 6, 2012, Rhode Islanders will vote on two referenda regarding the proposed conversion of the State's two slot parlors, Newport Grand in Newport and Twin River in Lincoln, into full-fledged casinos. The two facilities currently offer video lottery terminals but not the live blackjack, poker and craps games found at traditional casinos.

According to a recent poll by WPRI, News Channel 12, 59 percent of R.I. voters favor allowing casino gambling in the state.

While proponents of casino gambling tend to focus on the economic benefits of casinos, including employment opportunities and increased tax revenues, relevant costs are frequently not addressed, which can prove detrimental to the public interest.

Providence College Accountancy Professors Dr. Patrick Kelly and Carol Hartley, C.P.A., M.B.A., authored a paper in 2010, examining the relevant costs associated with the growth of two of America’s largest casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, which are located eight miles apart in southeastern Connecticut. The lessons learned from the development of these two Indian casinos can be valuable for public officials and for citizens in other areas considering the development of casinos.

Dr. Kelly and Professor Hartley are available for comment. To speak with them, please contact Chrissy Centazzo at 401-865-2413 or

Meet our experts:

Dr. Patrick Kelly, associate professor of accountancy
and department chair;

At PC since 2001
  • Casino gambling
  • Workplace fraud
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Cost Accounting
  • Accounting Ethics
  • Government and Nonprofit Accounting 


Carol Hartley, C.P.A., M.B.A., assistant professor of accountancy;

At PC since 1980
  • Fraud
  • Gambling risks and auditing
  • Assessment and curriculum design
  • Pedagogical uses of technology
Selected Courses Taught:
  • Auditing
  • Fraud, Scandals, and Scams
Chrissy Centazzo
Public Affairs and Community Relations Coordinator
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