Gubernatorial candidate Jill Stein has thrown her weight behind the boycott and pledge. Here’s her take on why people need to speak up:
As we enter political fund-raising season, Speaker DeLeo and Governor Patrick are pushing hard to bring government sponsored predatory gambling into Massachusetts. If they succeed, it will be a BIG WIN for casino lobbyists and a BIG LOSS for the people of our Commonwealth.
Disturbingly, Speaker DeLeo has declared there will be no public hearings on his bill – shielding this latest boondoggle from desperately needed public scrutiny and debate.
They claim casinos will create jobs. But the facts show that casinos are jobs killers and community-busters. We need a secure green economy, not more of the failed predatory casino economy of the past.
Tell Beacon Hill not to betray OUR JOBS, OUR TAX DOLLARS, COMMUNITIES, & ENVIRONMENT!
* We want good wage green jobs for the long haul – for construction workers, small businesses, clean manufacturing and healthy local food production. Green jobs lower energy and food costs for families and businesses. They will clean up the air, improve nutrition, reduce chronic disease, health costs, and the threat of climate change.
* We don’t need here-today-gone-tomorrow construction jobs that leave us with permanent casino blight: failed small businesses, gambling addiction, bankruptcies, broken families, crime, sprawl, pollution, and climate change. Casinos kill 1.5 jobs for every 1 job they create. Coping with the problems caused by casino gambling costs taxpayers at least $3 dollars for every $1 dollar in tax revenue!
Don’t let them put small businesses out of business! Become part of the growing movement for revitalized communities, secure jobs and the healthy green future we deserve! Sign the pledge at