Cross-posted from Bellicose Bumpkin
MTA needs some edumacation
Having been doomed to read more about casinos than anyone should ever have to, I see the gamut of information from studies, to blogs, and probably most of all news articles that report on the unfolding story of casinos in Massachusetts including the proposed Mashpee Wampanoag casino being rammed through Middleboro.
Most of the articles, in addition to reporting on the news event of the day, tend to regurgitate the same old mantra:
We need the revenue
We need to recapture the money from CT
We need the jobs
We need a place for Davey Jones to play at
We need a place to send our kids for field trips(Don’t ask)
We need a place for our schools to buy second hand vehicles(Don’t ask)
An article in today’s Globe by Steve Bailey really hits the nail on the head. The article is critical of the Mass Teachers Association’s(MTA) short-sighted support of Patricks’ casino legislation under the guise of needing revenue.
Bailey puts some perspective on this with a story about accountant Richard Anzivino who embezzled $802,000 from the MTA to support his gambling addiction. This one gambler racked up over $1.1M dollars in costs to you and I. This is the sort of high end loser that contributes to the Grinols esimate of $13.6K in average costs for each problem gambler.
I’m going to keep this post short and spare you from my usual pontifications and leave you by saying that you are free to gamble if you choose. And I am free in my desire to not pay for it.