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Advocates for slot machines at the state’s four racetracks seized Tuesday on renewed worries over local aid to sound the horn for revenue generators they say could solve almost the entire projected deficit. After House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi on Monday estimated that the state might have to slash local aid by 10 percent in fiscal 2010, Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein said Tuesday that legislation she files perennially would raise roughly $1.1 billion in gross revenues, citing a study commissioned last year by state Treasurer Timothy Cahill.There's a thousand better ways to solve our budget problem than Racinos, which will only hurt this state's economy. They're only a redistribution of the money already spent in the Massachusetts economy. With all due respect to Representative Reinstein, I had much better ideas here.
Racinos are the worst possible way to introduce something that doesn't belong here in the first place, slots. It opens the doors to real casinos, which can't be taxed by the state and which will put the racinos out of business in the long run - something the Wonderland and Raynham folks know, but don't care about. They know they'll have years to rake in the dough in the meantime. The sooner this industry is dead, the better - 2010 and the end of the dog tracks can't come soon enough.