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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Distrust and verify

The lure of casinos is the thought of riches beyond belief. Apparently developers believe the same message works to locate them.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft and Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn are dangling a $10 million annual sugar plum over the heads of Foxboro residents -- many of whom are so dead set against the plan they barely allowed selectmen to even hear Wynn's proposal for a "bucolic" $1 billion casino.

The money is simply the next phase in a proposal designed to deliberately downplay the life-changing impact a "destination" casino will have on a town already home to a massive stadium. And the steady stream of enticements should serve as fair warning.

Let's review:

Wynn promises "dancing waters and fountains and volcanoes that erupt." The casino will unobtrusive and out of sight. There will be free day care for employees. Kraft says the leasing the land is no different than a transaction he would have with Staples.

State officials estimate
three resort casinos would generate 15,000 jobs, including 6,000 in construction and $300 million in revenue to the state, cities and towns. Wynn says his plan alone is good for 10,000 jobs.

Of course no mention of the cost of crime and traffic mitigation that comes with a project of this size.

It's been a tough couple of years for many people because of the damage done by the Great Recession and the thought of lower property taxes thanks to Steve Wynn is an appealing Christmas present. But the sheer size of the enticements being dangled by Wynn recall the words of that GOP philosopher Ronald Reagan: Trust but verify.

Actually in this case, the better suggestion is distrust and verify.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It doesn't matter how many dancing water and fountains, and the claim that the casino proper will take up a comparatively small area, it's the gambling venue that will draw the traffic and create the problems. Will it be worth the claim of jobs?

December 15, 2011 8:25 AM  

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