Whether you agree with me, in that slot machines would be very bad policy for Massachusetts, or not, I'm sure everyone can agree that it's generally a good idea to do a comprehensive, nonpartisan study, that doesn't come from the industry or those who have been paid by them, on any potential major change to the state before we go ahead and do it. That's why I'm here to ask you to sign onto a petition asking for a comprehensive cost/benefits analysis on slot machines in Massachusetts.
Slots would have an impact on local communities, local businesses, families, crime, traffic and infrastructure needs (which extends way beyond traffic into areas like "how can we safely get enough water here") -- and even the arts. They can impact school systems, local police forces, and the environment.
There's a lot of very complicated things going on here when you're dealing with something as large as a casino, with a product as problematic as slot machines. The Governor recognized this when he signed onto the concept of a major, comprehensive cost/benefits analysis, but the Speaker of the House -- Representative DeLeo, he of two slot-wanting tracks in his district -- has been gung-ho against any comprehensive study.
Well, tell him we here in Massachusetts like to know just what we're getting into by signing onto a petition for a comprehensive cost-benefit analysis. Whether you support the idea of slots or not, we need to have this study to know what we're getting ourselves into. This is a basic, bare-minimum