The MCCG has never had the funds to deal with the magnitude of the problem that already exists in Massachusetts - and slots would double that problem. Why should anyone trust state lawmakers with an expansion to gambling, given their track record with "mitigation" to date?
It's no wonder that even Governor Patrick is starting to become lukewarm on casinos in Massachusetts. Today's SHNS/Jim O'Sullivan piece has more, for those with access, but here was a key quote:
“I don't want anybody in the Legislature to be thinking about expanded gaming as a quote fix unquote for the fiscal challenges facing the commonwealth. It's not. It's not," Patrick said during an appearance 96.9FM-WTKK.Legislators have to start asking themselves just what Governor Patrick would sign into law.
Here's Kathy Scanlon at the recent state house hearing on predatory slot gambling.