When Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and leaders of the General Assembly announced a proposal to extend International Game Technology PLC’s contract to provide technology and services to the state for its gaming activities and keep 1,100 jobs in Rhode Island, they could not have foreseen how big a hornet’s nest it would have disturbed. Within a month, it was revealed that Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc. had been negotiating its own deal. And about the same time the two gaming companies started public relations campaigns designed to undercut the other’s arguments. And before too long, the political world jumped in too, with the Rhode Island Republican Party filing a complaint with the state Ethics Commission against the governor.
Perhaps the focus should remain on the deal that initiated all this public gnashing of teeth. Is the deal with IGT a good one or a bad one?
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