Former congressman turned author Bob Steele of Connecticut makes no bones about it: he's opposed to casino gambling and the impact it has on people and the communities where they're located.

Speaking with WBSM's Taylor Cormier, Steele said the nation's most successful casinos, Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun, are now facing tough times.

He says the Connecticut casinos are reducing the number of full time employees, and hiring part time workers instead to save money.

Steele says Massachusetts missed the casino wave by about 20 years, and there is now an over-saturation of casinos in the Northeast.

Steele says the Connecticut casinos have done nothing for small businesses around them.

Steele was brought to the city by the Inter-Church Council of Greater New Bedford, in support of an effort to repeal the state's casino law.

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