House Speaker Salvatore F. DiMasi, in a startling departure from previous stances against resort gambling, today decided for the first time to back a November ballot question asking voters whether they support casinos in Massachusetts.So, in November, we're going to see two questions on the ballot - one to ask voters if they'd like to legalize casinos and the second to eliminate the state income tax. Is anyone else seeing the problem here? We're giving people an option to get rid of the income tax and to justify that by legalizing casinos - which won't come anywhere near providing the revenue that the state income tax does. This, in effect, would gut the entire state's budget: no more help for schools, no more health bill and no more roads and bridges fixed. This would be absolutely, positively disastrous.
I call on the Speaker to regain his grip on reality and run, run, run from this position.