Eyes on the Prize: Gambling Bill Takes Shape on Beacon Hill

Thursday, September 22, 2011
By Transcript Staff

All eyes will be on the Massachusetts State Senate as they debate the gambling bill next week.  The House, led by Speaker Robert DeLeo, passed by a substantial margin a thoughtful and well crafted bill that has taken into account the concerns that have been raised by all of the various interests connected with the proposal to legalize gambling in this state.

We urge our State Senate to act quickly on this measure and to work with the House to send a bill to the desk of Gov. Deval Patrick. Although the state’s unemployment rate is well below the national average (7.4 percent to 9.1 percent), Massachusetts still is losing jobs.

This bill will provide for many construction jobs in the short term and will create permanent jobs in the long term. Delaying action on this legislation only serves to delay a clear economic boost that will benefit all of our residents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Suffolk-Downs-Neighbor/100001205656374 Suffolk Downs Neighbor

    Nearly every other state that has casino gambling has higher unemployment than Massachusetts.  They are facing bigger budget deficits.  Of U.S. cities with the highest crime rates, 9 out of the top 10 are casino towns… 
    Our bond rating just went up and if statewide revenue growth continues we could see a reduction in taxes next year…
    Massachusetts is on the right track while casino states are still fighting their way through the recession…
    Call Senator Petruccelli and Rep. Basile (617-722-2000) and ask them to support an analysis of the impact a casino will have on our neighborhoods…
    As much as they would have you believe this is a done deal, it still hasn’t made it as far as last year’s bill… both of Easties legislators will have an opportunity to vote on this bill…
    They shouldn’t do so until they can tell you how you will be impacted…
    Do they stand with East Boston or do they stand with the casino industry?
    John Ribeiro

  • winthrop res

    Gambling and casinos are a huge mistake for our and any neighborhood.  And if we let them in we’ll never get them out.  To say they would improve unemployment is a stretch, if not lie.

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