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Casino Critics Band Against Gov. Deval Patricks Casino Plans

On December 8th, 2007, gambling critics are mobilizing against the casino plans of Governor Deval Patrick, hoping to take advantage of the problems regarding Gov. Patrick's plans. Church organizations, local political organization's, preservationists and the League of Women Voters are among those that are avid supporters of anti-gaming forums in the state.

The anti-gaming groups said that this is like the fight of David and Goliath. Gov. Patrick's casino proposal to construct one casino in western Massachusetts, southeastern Massachusetts and metropolitan Boston is one of the key plans of the administration. But Gov. Patrick has made no further plan since the unveiling of the casino proposals. Because of this development, the legislators remain divided over the issue.

The Council of Churches has posted an anti-casino sermons and bulletins in their online site. The League of Women Voters is sending letters to their legislators. The Massachusetts Restaurant Association plans a letter writing campaign against the casino proposals. Gov. Patrick commented that the three casino proposals would produce 20,000 jobs and $400 million in yearly profits.

Although the governor has not campaigned for the initiative often, casino developer has hired lobbyists to deal with the statehouse and the local governments. Unions like the Massachusetts AFL-CIO, Robert J. Haynes, have sent a letter to the legislators, voicing their support to the plan.

President Therese Murray also supports the plan but House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi has expressed doubts about the plans. Rep. Brian Wallace, a South Boston Democrat is trying to rally support to the casino plans.


23 December 2007
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Lauren Desmond

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