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If you’ve been a reader of LiL for a few years, you know that I stood very strong against allowing casino gambling resorts. The matter is up once again in front of the legislature, in a worse form than the last, and instead of being opposed by this Speaker (as the last one did) it is being championed, and DeLeo claims this time it will pass, and with a veto proof majority (Gov. Patrick is on record as being against slot parlors).
They are doing this with no public hearing, and no independent study to refute the pie-in-the-sky claims of the proponent of gambling (who use studies produced, bought and paid for by gambling companies).
The math of these so-called studies never added up, and don’t take into account a slew of factors, like the cost to the state of mitigating the known increase of gambling addiction in a 50 mile radius, the cost of more police, crimes in our state due to gambling addiction, courts, and the loss of small businesses in the area of a casino (and hence, tax revenue) - as well as a loss of revenue from the lottery as well. Slot parlors (which DeLeo is pushing, as he has former race tracks in his district) have none even of the charms of resort casinos (which would a piddly smattering of mostly poor-paying jobs and some temporary construction jobs). We have also seen our neighbor states’ slot parlors and some casinos go bankrupt in the last few years, many of them requesting help from the the state to bail them out. Under any measure, casinos and slots are the least useful ways to produce revenue for the state in the long run. They don’t produce anything, and suck money away from communities that could be spent here. The costs go up over time, and generally, revenues go down as casino owners lobby for decreased taxes (and once here, they have the state by the balls).
Hey folks, if something looks to good to be true, then you can bet…the House always wins.
In the previous vote on the Governor’s casino proposal, all three of our state Representative delegation - Nangle, Golden, and Murphy - voted to kill the bill (a yes vote sent the bill back to committee to die). I applaud them for this. The bill died a very hard death, going down 108-46.
Now it appears a huge number of these legislators are ready to flip flop on their previous vote, because the powerful Speaker of the House tells them to (if DeLeo’s claims about his chances are actually true).
I call on our legislators to remain strong against casinos. If the previous bill looked suspect, this bill is even worse, and not good for our state. At a minimum, we should take the time to get a truly independent investigation on the real costs of casinos or slot parlors in our state.
If you think Beacon Hill is corrupt now, just wait until it is trying to protect gambling interests because we’ve become addicted to the revenue.
Please call your legislator and tell them to oppose this bill, or at the very minimum, demand an independent study to look at the truth behind casinos and slot parlors. You can get their info here. Why are gambling proponents afraid of an independent study?
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