There are three questions for the people of Massachusetts:
1) How well is Governor Patrick’s push for ethics reform likely to succeed if Beacon Hill is awash in the same kind of gambling money as Pennsylvania?
2) Wouldn’t this be a good time for Common Cause or another group committed to good government in Mass to explore the contributions and expenditures by the slot machine advocates and casino tycoons who are working over the legislators on Beacon Hill?
3) Is there a relationship between the weakening of the governor’s proposed ethics reforms (including enhanced powers of enforcement) and the oceans of casino cash that have put a small army of former Democratic operatives on retainer to gambling interests?
All of this comes one day after the Twin Rivers racetrack and slot parlors in Rhode Island, just to our south, collapsed under $500 million in debt and declared bankruptcy, which has pushed the governor of Rhode Island to spend $11 million in tax payer to keep the slot open 24/7 in order to preserve the state’s revenues. More on this later….