At what point can we lose our ability to be shocked and surprised by the casino debate, shrouded in back room deals, specials interest giveways and revolving door between Patrick administration and casino/lobbyist industry?
The latest is the Governor’s Economic Development Chief , Greg Bialecki, who has just been outed by the Boston Globe, “Casino opponents blasts cozy relationship Between state officials and gaming industry.
His deep involvement in shilling for casinos, his lack of interest in any negative economic facts or independent assessments is in contradiction to his position of objective economic development advisor. Bialecki who as a public servant is required to supply an unbiased evaluation for the governor and legislature on the economic development merits of expanding gambling – own $17,000 of stock in casino companies who are interested in the legislation he is recommending. You can not serve to masters!
The Governor and Legislature have repeatedly rejected an independent cost/benefit analysis now find themselves relying heavily on the recommendations of an industry stock holder. Independent studies like the US Department of Commerce that estimates: for every $1 million diverted in Massachusetts casino spending, Massachusetts loses 8.2 jobs.
If you haven’t already become immune to shock by one revelation after another, call your legislator and then call the Governor’s office: 617.725.4005.