State Senate joins the gambling fray with a proposal for three destination casinos, no slot parlors. Sound familiar?
Of course, the Senate proposal is on a collision course with the House & Speaker Deleo’s proposal and, like the Budget for courts and indigent defense, will be thrashed out behind closed doors by a “Conference Committee” – and what emerges may have NO resemblence to the legislation passed in either the House or the Senate.
Prediction: Lobbyists will spend millions. No cost benefit analysis will be done. The legislation will not be “costed out” by anyone. Falling for “the easy way out” pitch that gambling will somehow “create” revenue and help balance the budget is easiest behind closed doors while Beacon Hill is awash in lobbying money, wishful thinking, and lobbyists of the very well heeled variety.
Request: Pay attention. Don’t let this issue fade into the shadows. Remember Greektown Casino’s bankruptcy? Remember the failure of Atlantic Casinos to bring prosperity to Atlantic City
Walk the desolate surroundings of any casino … see the closed variety stores, the shuttered small hotels and motels, the closed restaurants once owned by independent local folks, and try and tell THOSE people about jobs and economic stimulous from the sink holes where the deluded drop their dough into the pockets of Malaysian Billionaires.