Per one of the comments on my site, AG Martha Coakley estimated that a thousand -- yes, a thousand -- new state employees would be necessary to regulate the slot industry in Massachusetts. That's not going to be ripe for waste, greed and corruption, is it?
All this reform effort can be thrown out the window if we allow the slot industry in. The industry lobbyists must be having themselves a ripe, little chuckle over this. The joke is on us.
Update: Got my hands on the transcript. Coakley was referencing NJ. She said that there were 1,000 members of their AG's office -- and 500 of them were dedicated to Gaming Regulation. For the math inept among us, that's half of the entire AG's office - and doesn't account for other state employees in NJ that deal with the industry, which is probably many, many thousands, especially if one includes police, fire and health officials. It's pretty scary that NJ requires 500 people just to regulate that industry - and still there's tons of corruption. Also, bear in mind that Patrick's original proposal was calling for three Connecticut-like casinos in Massachusetts -- and the Connecticut casinos are actually the two largest in the world. It could very well be that if such a plan passed, we'd have more to regulate and attempt to mitigate than New Jersey.