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I don’t know if it’s for the right reasons, but Patrick is sending the casino bill (3 resorts, 2 racinos) back “with amendments” - a procedure whereby without a veto, he can send the bill back to the legislature.
Governor Deval Patrick says he will send an amended gambling expansion bill back to legislators today that would eliminate a provision for two slot machine facilities, and he retracted a previous compromise offer to allow one slot parlor in the state.
“I’m done. I’m done with that,” he said of his earlier offer.
This effectively kills the bill for this legislative session. The legislature would have to be called back into session, something Senate President Murray isn’t interested in, and without racinos, Speaker DeLeo won’t be, either. The Governor has consistently cited racinos to be bad policy (why they are bad and slots at casinos aren’t is for another discussion) and he refuses the no-bid nature of the compromise policy for racinos:
Patrick also reiterated his strong opposition to awarding slot licenses to racetrack owners.
“I’m not going to be a party to no-bid contracts for track owners,” he said.
Maybe now he can finally see the corrupting nature of gambling money in politics. If you think lobbying is a problem, look at the gambling lobby, which uses money sucked up mostly from addicts, and other states have had a lot of corruption surrounding casino interests. (Hell, look at Abramoff!) Heck, we have only to smell the stench of corruption regarding the current Treasurer-turned-gubernatorial-candidate Cahill and the state lottery!
Regardless of why, though, this is the right thing to do, and it kills a bad bill that would have cost the state far too much - in money and in broken lives - in the long run. Massachusetts is better than profiting on the misery of countless new addicts of predatory gambling that casinos and racinos would have created.
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