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Miceli Supports New Casino Gambling Law (poll)

Law will allow construction of three resort style casinos and a slots parlor.

(Editor's note: The following information was provided by the office of state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington.)

expressed his support for a Casino Gambling bill approved by the Legislature and signed into law this week by Gov. Deval Patrick.

“This is first and foremost a jobs bill,” said Miceli.  “It will bring economic growth and local aid that is critical and create good construction jobs.”

 The gaming conference report approved by Senate and the House also provides state revenue from a 25 percent tax on casinos revenues and 40 percent tax on the slot facility revenues.  The revenues will be used to fund essential state and local services, including public safety, education, transportation, public health, debt reduction, local aid and the stabilization “rainy day” fund.

 Licensing fees collected by the state would also be used for community mitigation, local capital projects, community colleges, tourism and other municipal needs.

The new law will allow for the construction of three resort-style casinos, as well as one slots parlor.

 Open bidding for the licenses will start at 85 million for a casino license and at 25 million for the slot facility. 

 “Casino gambling is by no means a solution to our economic problems," said Miceli, “but it will certainly help at this time.”

 Careful attention was made for provisions requiring the Gaming Commission to work with municipalities on reducing potential negative effects.  No gaming facility would be built without the approval of the residents of the community in a referendum vote.

State Rep. Paul Adams, R-Andover, and state Sen. Barry Finegold, D-Andover, both opposed the Casino Gambling law when it was before the Legislature.

Jim Wentworth November 26, 2011 at 12:28 AM
I certainly understand the opposition from Finegold and Adams. If not managed appropriately, this becomes just another revenue source for a bloated bureaucracy. I've seen this work in many other states so if it doesn't work here, we must hold the legislators accountable.
malcolm nichols November 26, 2011 at 10:07 PM
Anyone dumb enough to call Casinos a job bill should move to Las Vegas perhaps they should buy one of those foreclosures. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!!
Patrick Rahilly November 27, 2011 at 03:10 PM
Malcom - the problem in Vegas isn't a lack of jobs issue. The problem in Vegas is that the financiers of the casinos and hotels have gone bankrupt. Obviously, half completed construction projects need a plethora of jobs to complete. Once a casino is complete they need thousands of people to fill the enormous amount jobs everything from management level employees to accountants to the service personnel on the floor. Although the casino bill is not a "jobs bill" per se, one casino can employ 1000+ people. If the casinos are planned and run correctly and the government stays out of the casino, the casino can be profitable for everyone.
malcolm nichols November 29, 2011 at 11:55 AM
Ya Stupid, Stupid, Stupid!!! Casinos will help ruin Massachusetts. Reduced government, less government spending is the path to prosperity.
Douglas W. Sears August 09, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Sure casinos are bad for Massachusetts, but if all a candidate is looking for is a few $500 contributions from construction unions and jobless union carpenters to hold signs, claiming this to be a "jobs bill" is understandable. The truth be told, though, while the union leadership drills into the heads of their members that they have to vote for Democrats like Miceli, the truth is that the bosses go to their members homes to put the pressure on, they find their members relaxing to Fox News! Union members, like all people, want to work at good jobs for good wages, but it is a cruel illusion to promise that after the casino(s) is (are) built that there will be construction jobs, casino jobs that are not minimum wage, and that the Massachusetts casinos won't tank like they are doing in most other states. This casino proposal puts forth the carrot of jobs and license fees at the beginning, and withholds the stick of the likelihood of long-term failure out of the public view. Sure Massachusetts needs jobs and tax revenue, but casino building is not the way to go. First we must Retire One Party Rule; rein in outrageous state spending, reduce income and sales tax rates, restore local aid to support education and public safety, and remove over-regulation of job-creating small businesses. This will return Massachusetts to work -- you can take that to the bank. It's time!

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