One of the arguments sometimes made in favor of licensing casinos is that Indian tribes in Massachusetts will get full casino licenses under federal law no matter what we do. This appears to be false.
The one clear argument in favor of building casinos is job creation. The creation of construction and low skill jobs is real. As to the revenue benefit for the state, the numbers are unclear.
It’s over for this year. The House voted down the Governor’s casino proposal by a margin of 106 to 48 this evening.
I thought you would be interested in receiving Governor Patrick’s press release regarding his casino proposal.