While we wait for Senator Spilka’s (unintentional?) pro-gambling “informational hearing” (10:00 Gardner Auditorium Monday) where six paid casino representatives will be “balanced” against a neuroscientist and an economist (plus Martha Coakley who hasn’t made her views clear), we should take a look at the sad story about the debacle in Rhode Island in today’s New York Times
A quick recap: Rhode Island allowed Sol Kerzner (the man who created Sun City, the biggest casino in apartheid South Africa) to put slots at the 143 acre race track. The track is surrounded by one acre family homes. The goal was to “save jobs” at the racetrack. Sound familiar? Here’s how it played out.
The company that owns Twin River filed for bankruptcy last week, and told the court that the casino’s survival depends upon it being permitted to be open 24 hours a day and to eliminate its money-losing greyhound track.
In other words, the racino does not want the racing part anymore. Just the casino, thanks.
“It has been a ploy all along by these people to keep on getting another thing, another thing,” Mr. Perry said as he stood on the porch watching cars snake into the facility late Friday afternoon. ”It’s a ploy to keep going to get what they’re looking for.”
There are two warnings for Massachusetts on the flip….