Govern Patrick’s class-III casinos are sometimes pitched as a greenhouse–redirecting into Massachusetts a flow of gambling dollars that is otherwise spent in Connecticut. Horrors!
But casinos are a pipeline, not a greenhouse, designed to hose up every possible dollar and whisk them into the pockets of distant shareholders, local hopes and hype notwithstanding. All the Governor’s plan does is to move the business end closer.
Nothing new here, but sometimes an analogy is useful.
For instance, gambling proponents often cite the Mass. lottery as a justification for casinos. However, if gambling is your cup of tea, the lottery is at least a greenhouse–100% of the proceeds stay and are spent in state, where they fund public works, public services, and other programs.
What kind of economic development do we deserve?