Despite law ending dog racing, Raynham-Taunton files for full racing schedule next year. statehousenews.comThen read a quote from an earlier SHNS story today (can't link to it, sorry).
MOHEGAN EYES REDUCED LICENSING FEES, TWO-YEAR WINDOW UNTIL OPENINGSeriously, what are these people thinking.
By Jim O’Sullivan
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
BOSTON, SEPT. 30, 2009……The state should charge casino licensing fees between $25 million and $50 million and level tax rates in the low 20-percent range on gambling revenues, according to a top executive at the Mohegan Sun casino firm, one of several business interests circling as the Legislature considers gambling legislation.
The dog tracks don't think the rules apply to them, while the big resort casinos think that we should all bow before them for the privilege of having their ugly-ass buildings
Remember when Governor Patrick was promising hundreds of millions in gambling licensing fees? What a freaking joke. Why does our state continue to waste time on this gimmick that won't solve a single, solitary problem -- while creating a whole bunch of new ones?
PS: I appreciate the fact that the SHNS is finally disclosing its casino conflict of interest. From the story above:
Editor's Note: O'Neill & Associates advertises in the News Service's Weekly Roundup.For those who don't know, O'Neill & Associates gets a lot of money from the casino lobby. Honestly, I don't think it's a coincidence that the SHNS covers the casino issue so closely and is frequently at the forefront of pushing the "inevitability" meme.