Cross posted from Bellicose Bumpkin
Pass my legislation .. or else
I’ve been waiting for this.
Last spring and summer when the casino investors were trying to “convince” Middleboro to sign an agreement with the Mashpee Wampanoag, there were many subtle and not-so-subtle threats that the town would get nothing if they failed to sign an agreement. Ultimately this strategy worked as intended and resulted in an agreement that pays Middleboro about half of what a similar commercial facility would generate in revenue. We call it the “sign now or else” strategy.
Apparently, Governor Patrick is taking a cue from this play book and is giving the legislature the old “sign now or else” routine:
Gov. Deval L. Patrick warned yesterday that inaction on his pending legislation to create three resort casinos could result in the establishment of an Indian gaming casino in Middleboro with no revenue stream to the state.
“If we don’t do anything, Middleboro can happen without the state having any revenue stream and having no ability to influence the infrastructure,” the governor said.
Under a federal gaming license, he said, the Mashpees could also have bingo games and other games already allowed by state law, and he expects they would also press for Class 3 gambling rights. That would allow table games and other casino games permitted at church Las Vegas nights in the state.
There is so much wrong with this I don’t even know where to begin.
Governor Patrick repeat after me: No slots …. No casino. No slots …. No casino.
There will be no class 2 casino in Middleboro. The ROI is not there. The tribe cannot build a class three casino without a compact that is signed by the governor and passed by the legislature. Governor – you are driving the tribal casino bus.
You are promising casino revenue to anyone and everyone and promising more jobs than can reasonably expected. And now you are misrepresenting the prospects of a Mashpee Wampanoag casino. Is that the platform you ran on? Is that the administration you envisioned when you were running?
Lacking any real accomplishments you are settling for the big splash of casinos to make your mark and counting on short-sighted union support to ram it through. Worthy accomplishments aren’t easy. The same is true of worthy policy.