Sunday, February 24, 2008

This is Not an Objective Review on Casinos

All along, I've been saying we need a thorough, nonpartisan, legislatively-appointed commission to study the impact of casinos in the State. The Governor also promised an "independent" review - and this is what we're getting.

BOSTON — The Patrick administration has hired a New Jersey company to independently evaluate its claims that three resort casinos will bring jobs and money to Massachusetts, drawing criticism from casino foes who say the company has deep ties with the casino industry.

Spectrum Gaming Group LLC, which counts Harrah's Entertainment and Las Vegas Sands Corp. as clients, was awarded a $189,000 contract on Thursday to review the governor's plan. It was the only company that competed for the state contract.


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