Our Turn: Why legalizing casino gambling would be wrong for New Hampshire By Judd Gregg and John Lynch, Special to Concord Monitor May 1, 2017 at 12:31 am For more than 40 years, New Hampshire legislatures have debated the merits of legalizing casino gambling, and for 40 years they have rejected it. On Thursday, when it next convenes, the New Hampshire House will debate and vote on it once again. Casino gambling would be wrong for New Hampshire. We urge representatives of both parties to reject it once more. Here’s why. First, and most importantly, casino revenue is not the state budget windfall that many people think it is. Most states that open the door do not stop at one or two casinos. Across the country, state governments have become addicted to gambling dollars to fund new or expanded state programs. Experience shows that in any economic downturn these states then turn to gambling tax revenue to try to balance their budgets.