In his haste to justify state-operated gambling, Patrick tells us in today’s Globe
that “for a long time now, gaming has been in practice in Massachusetts, and gaming revenues have been used to support public projects.” As examples, he cites Faneuil Hall and Harvard University buildings. These were not public projects, but private ones. He also cites the American Revolution as a lottery-funded project; I’m not sure if and how a lottery was used, but– there were no government taxes then, by definition. And holding a lottery to fund a revolutionary army is hardly the same moral dilemma as becoming a profit-partner in a permanent behemoth gambling/entertainment empire that fleeces the poor to spare mega-corporations the inconvenience of paying fair taxes.
In another Globe story today, the conservative Beacon Hill Institute argues that job-creation numbers are not the best indicator of economic health, and that income is a better qualitative measure. “For example, Nevada leads the nation in job growth, but much of it comes from lower-paying service jobs in casinos, hotels and restaurants. I wouldn’t want to build an economy around that.”
Anyway, tens of thousands of jobs in the state are actually going unfilled. And, aside from inadequate education, the state’s constrained housing supply, as Ed Glaeser states in the same Globe article, is the key barrier to incoming workers. So “creating jobs” isn’t the problem. Creating workers is.