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Deval Patrick makes a glossy case for casinos

By Owen Weldon     Mar 5, 2008 in Politics
Lawmakers in Massachusetts received an eleven page color magazine courtesy of Gov. Deval Patrick in an attempt to intensify his push to win approval to license three gambling resorts.
This afternoon Patrick gave lawmakers a magazine called creating jobs as Patrick and gaming opponents waged a vote-by-vote battle over Patrick's casino plan. Patrick's brochure contains state revenue estimates and a paged called “The Importance of Acting Now.”
to a document The Masphee Wampanoag Tribe has submitted a land-in-trust application for the sole purpose of operating a tribal casino and the downside to a tribal casino is there are no adequate safeguards for the commonwealth’s residents.
Daniel Bosley, State Rep., is the leading casino opponent and he says that a tribal casino is far from certain and that the tribe will follow a long regulatory process to gain approval for a proposed facility in Middleboro.
The opposition has forced the governor to step up his efforts to win votes from rank-and-file lawmakers in advance of a hearing planned for March 18.
Along with the magazine came a cover letter signed by Economic Development Secretary Dan O’Connell asking for legislators support. The letter explained that there is a need to spur economic development and job growth in Massachusetts and the letter goes on and says that having casinos in the state will meet those demands.
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