Last week, I again voted against bringing casinos to Massachusetts. In 2008, when I first voted against gambling, I was voting in the majority. Now, with a pro-casino speaker running the House, I find myself in the minority on the issue. For a harsh commentary on the changing of votes, see this Globe column.
My views on the issue haven’t changed. For a full explanation, click here. See also, this recent interview in the Belmont Patch. Clearly, the sharp contraction in building construction has increased the urgency of creating construction jobs — there are many people in the construction trades who are experiencing long term unemployment. But casino construction jobs are a long way off and will come too late to help people off the unemployment rolls.
It does appear that the House Speaker, the Senate President and the Governor all agree on how to go forward on casinos, so it is likely that legislation will pass this year over the opposition of myself and others.