It looks like the end of the month and session is here to decide on casinos in Massachusetts, and now the governor is backing down on no slots at racetracks. I'm not sure why he thinks that would be a bad idea, given the tracks are already gambling places. We'll see how this turns out in the next 24 hours.
In a significant shift in his public position, Governor Deval Patrick said this afternoon that he would sign a casino gambling bill with one slot parlor and three full-scale casinos if legislators agreed to break a "logjam" on other unrelated measures.
Patrick has previously said he opposed slot parlors at racetracks and reiterated Wednesday that they would not provide as much economic benefit as full-scale casinos. But, in challenging the Legislature today, he said he was willing to accept one slot parlor if it was competitively bid and the process was transparent, provided legislators move about a half dozen bills -- including some related to crime, health care costs and economic development -- in the final 48 hours of the session.
Via MetroDesk - The Boston Globe
Just not sure at this point if we're going to see a casino bill pass this July in Mass. Gov. Deval L. Patrick said Thursday that legislators should approve a casino bill that he can support or one that can withstand a veto, but he emphasized he wasn't threatening a veto. How about trying to get this thing done and get some jobs for Mass citizens?
"As they work through their differences, they also know they're going to have to either get something to me that I can support or they're going to have to send something to me with a veto-proof margin," the governor said.
"Now, we're not at the point of threatening a veto because they're not at the point of agreement," he added.
Stephen Wynn of Las Vegas has his eye on the Boston waterfront for a casino, but the Hub Mayor Thomas M. Menino said he would not support it. The mayor insisted that Suffolk Downs, which has proposed a $600 million betting complex, is the right place for the city’s first resort-style casino, saying it has been a gambling establishment for 75 years.
Maybe before fighting over where the casinos would be, the senate and house might want to pass a bill allowing it? Maybe this is all show, and we're on our way to casinos in Mass but it seems unlikely this year or next given the current debate.
Well - almost in secret. It seems to get the final bill done, they've locked out the naysayers and are wrapping stuff up behind closed doors.
A legislative conference committee was working behind closed doors last night to make a deal that would allow casino gambling in Massachusetts.
One member of the conference committee, Senate President Pro Tempore Stanley Rosenberg, D-Amherst, said keeping the talks private would be the best way to produce a compromise.