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Question 3 and Casinos – A missing link

It’s surprising the “Rollback the sales tax” crowd hasn’t hit on an important point in favor of their ballot question, Question 3.

According to a recent report Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville CT will begin laying off employees. This is due to a decline in business caused by the recession. Massachusetts on the other hand wants to build three casinos.

Where the Question 3 people are missing the boat is they should turn this negative into a positive. Besides the fact the casino industry is not doing well, which in itself is reason to not pass casino legislation, there are other reasons as well, which tie in nicely with the reasons to pass Question 3.

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Casino Interests Try to Take Advantage of $100 Million State Infrastructure Investments

William Flanagan

For 10 years now officials in Fall River have lobbied the state to invest in the development of a biotechnology park in the area – the SouthCoast BioPark. And over the past few years the state has invested about $70 million dollars on road improvements for the industrial park, including a new highway ramp off Route 24.

Meanwhile in the background casino interests have been working to build support among local officials to turn SouthCoast BioPark into a resort casino. By “working” I mean making campaign contributions to Fall River mayor William Flanagan.

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Tim Cahill's Casino and Slot Machine Gambling Problem

Tim Cahill

Tim Cahill wants to bring slot machines to Massachusetts. Even though slots have no economic benefit, it’s not surprising that Cahill is promoting them because slot machine manufacturers have been major contributors to his political campaigns for years.

Cahill supports the legislature’s casino bill. He’s trying to distance himself a little bit now by saying that he only supports ‘most’ of it. He claims that he’ has been too busy to read it all.

“I’m running a campaign, and I just haven’t had time to sit down and plow through it all.”

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Casino Bill Roll Call and Flip Floppers

The biggest problem with the Massachusetts House of Representatives is that representatives are more afraid of crossing the Speaker than crossing the voters. They will take votes which they know are unpopular with voters in their district and which they don’t agree with themselves in order to make sure that they are in the good graces of the current Speaker.

Today the Speaker is Robert DeLeo. DeLeo’s father Al spent 50 years working the floor of the Turf Club at Suffolk Downs. Protecting and expanding gambling in Massachusetts is a personal mission for DeLeo. And, as Speaker, DeLeo controls who in the House gets to be part of his ‘leadership team,’ who gets the committee chairmanships, and who gets invited to the closed door meetings where the real policy of the legislature gets decided.

Legislators are more afraid of the consequences of crossing DeLeo on this issue than they are of crossing the voters.

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Casino and Slots Bill Passes the House

Robert DeLeo

The Massachusetts House of Representatives passed the casino bill on Wednesday with a veto-proof 120-37 vote margin. The bill would authorize up to two resort style casinos and up to 750 slot machines at each of the state’s four race tracks.

Supporters say this will will bring in thousands of construction jobs and would capture $1.1 billion that Massachusetts gamblers spend in nearby states. The question is, who captures that money, and where does it go afterwards? The answer is simple – first the state takes its cut of the money in taxes, after that the rest leaves the state in the form of pure profit for out of state gambling interests from Nevada and New Jersey. In fact the casinos are likely to take in more than just what is currently spent out of state and send it out of state.

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