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Finegold: I Won't Support Casino Gambling Bill

State senator breaks ranks with Democratic leadership, governor to oppose bill.

says he will vote against a bill that would allow the construction of three casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts.

The bill, which is supported by Gov. Deval Patrick, was overwhelmingly passed by the House of Representatives last week, 123-32, in a largely partisan vote.

The Senate is scheduled to begin debate on the bill Monday (Sept. 26). More than 180 amendments have already been filed for consideration.

"I just don't think the economics of this bill are as good as people think they are," said Finegold. "We have the most successful lottery in the country, generating over a billion dollars a year. The state takes in 23 cents on the dollar. It will be more like four cents on the dollar with gaming."

Finegold also said he didn't believe the job-creation being connected to casino gambling by advocates would be as strong as some believe.

agrees with Finegold and voted against the bill on the House floor. Adams referred to casino gambling as a "money-grab" and a "special interests giveaway." He said there are better ways to generate economic growth in the state.

"We need to lower tax rates and change policies to encourage businesses to expand and come into the state," he said.

Adams also pointed out that Native American Tribes have the option of working through the Federal Government to open a casino in Massachusetts and don't need this legislation.

countered that the federal approval process takes considerably longer. Miceli is the only member of the local legislative delegation to support the bill. But he admitted that his enthusiasm is tempered.

"There are are problems with the bill," said Miceli. "But we are in a depression right now. And this is the only vehicle out there right now to generate some new revenues and to create some new jobs."

Miceli said that despite Finegold's opposition, he believes supporters of the bill have enough votes in the Senate to pass it overwhelmingly.

 

malcolm nichols September 23, 2011 at 12:54 PM
Agreed Mr Finegold, NO CASINO in Ma.
Alex Ro September 23, 2011 at 02:22 PM
Disagree, we need revenue. I know people that go to outside gambling places all the time, KEEP the revenue in Mass. If there were better ways well where are they??? All I hear is talk talk talk on jobs, but I sure dont see them or hear about them. Our kids go to schools that are in need of much work. Roads are a mess, towns have cut back on so much.
bethany anderson September 24, 2011 at 11:30 AM
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bethany anderson September 24, 2011 at 12:12 PM
Finegold epitomizes the absolute worst kind of representation, a legislator who masks his personal bias and morals behind an "I think..." comment, as if he gave any thoughtful consideration to the casino legislation. It'd be one thing if Finegold could cite having met with pro and con academics who understand the fiscal, economic and social impacts before he cast a vote against the legislation, but he didn't. He knows what he thinks he knows and he will not be swayed by the truth. It's as if he's telling his constituents: "It doesn't matter what the facts are: I don't like gambling; I don't like casinos; therefore, I think casinos are bad and I won't vote for them." At least if Finegold said that, he'd be more honest with his constituents than the charade he's been pulling, alleging he's somehow studied the issue and made a thoughtful decisions. He hasn't!
Kathleen Brothers September 25, 2011 at 02:10 PM
In my opinion, Mr Finegold is making the wrong dicision. He is thinking with his heart and not going with the will of the people. Just take a look at these buses from MA that go to the Conneticut casinos every day. Why shouldn't the money stay in our own state?

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