As expected, the casino industry loses no time in attempting to weaken regulations that they agreed to when applying for licenses. This will continue forever, unless the casino-enabling law is repealed. It’s what they do.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the casino law’s hiring provision should be amended before January, when Penn National Gaming is set to begin hiring new workers for its slot parlor at the Plainridge harness racing track in Plainville.
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Specifically, it is concerned about a provision that automatically disqualifies those convicted of “a felony or other crime involving embezzlement, theft, fraud or perjury” from being employed at gambling establishments, no matter how old the crime.
The commission says the provision could be a barrier to providing jobs to chronically underemployed people, which is a priority of the casino law.
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Crosby said the law’s income tax requirements for gamblers could discourage prospective developers and make Massachusetts less competitive to its neighbors.
He pointed to concerns voiced by Wynn Resorts, which proposes a nearly $1.6 billion casino in Everett, and others.
By all means, let’s allow felons to work in casinos, What could possibly go wrong? And we didn’t really need all that tax revenue anyway – I mean, it’s not like that’s the whole reason this law was enacted or anything.