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Friday, February 13, 2009

Casino in the cards?

It's not the personnel shift that casino opponents wanted to see.

House Speaker Robert DeLeo removed another major impediment to bringing gambling to Massachusetts by changing chairmen of the House Economic Development Committee, ousting North Adams Democrats (and frequent Massachusetts Liberal commenter) Dan Bosley. (You're still more than welcome around here!)

Bosley attempted to stay neutral in the speaker battle.

He and DiMasi were the two biggest obstacles to casinos. New committee chair Brian Dempsey of Haverhill isn't showing his cards.

"I certainly have an open mind," Dempsey said of casinos. "I want to take a fresh look at some of the proposals that have been filed."

It's hardly surprising, given the deep fiscal hole the state is in, that casinos may return to the table -- even if there evidence of their pots of gold at the end of the rainbow is anything but rousing.

I guess the odds of having something to write about have improved though!

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3 Comments:

Blogger Chris Rich said...

I've always seen gambling under these auspices as a voluntary 'chump tax'.

I don't object to gambling as a moral issue, just as a foolish issue tied to the pervasive childish fantasy that something can be had for nothing in some predictable way.

Sure I once found two 50 dollar bills on a sidewalk and it was nice but I didn't expect it.

Serendipity happens. But I suspect the casino scene is already at market saturation and more of it will just subdivide the poor boobs who cling to the something for nothing myth into smaller revenue units.

Connecticut will get less but we won't get much more.

And then there is aggravation with the obsessive superstitions of gamblers that intrude on me like waiting in line at the 7/11 or the liquor store while some addled loser dithers over which idiot scratch ticket to buy or what magic lottery number will answer the greed need.

These people tend to be fairly poor and hapless and cheating them out of their pittances by exploiting their childishness doesn't strike me as a particularly effective or laudable way to pay for governance.

February 13, 2009 9:15 AM  
Blogger Dan Kennedy said...

Dan Bosley is the single-most knowledgeable legislator on casino gambling. His staunch opposition to casinos stems from that knowledge, not from ideology. This is bad news, but not unexpected.

Oh, we are so blessed to be rid of the ethically tainted Sal DiMasi! Are we having good government yet? Please.

February 13, 2009 10:28 AM  
Anonymous Turner said...

The Boston Globe reports that the Massachusetts legislature is considering tax breaks for video game developers - but the proposal is far..

March 04, 2009 5:45 PM  

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