I just heard the breaking news, and of course came to BMG to discuss it. Since I don’t see anyone else’s more detailed post yet, let me be the first to say it: Thank you David, for your legal work on helping the Repeal team shoot down Martha Coakley’s politically motivated argument against the ballot question!
The casino industry is now going to pour money in to the state and onto the airwaves to try to sell their snake oil as JOBS and responsible economic development, no matter that all the research and the examples in other states say otherwise. Now the real fight can begin, and it would never have been possible without the strong progressive activism (all stripes of activism actually) from people around the state and here at BMG. This is a big day for Massachusetts!
UPDATE: Some quick reactions:
“I am delighted that the Supreme Judicial Court has determined that the repeal effort can go forward to a vote in November. Casinos are a bad deal for Massachusetts. Where they come, small businesses suffer — the evidence is that they destroy one local job per slot machine. They bring gambling addiction, increased substance abuse, DUI risks, and other safety problems into our communities. The promises of new state revenues are greatly exaggerated, and state expenses will have to rise to repair the damage casinos will do. I am glad that Massachusetts voters will have the opportunity to make their voices heard on this important matter. I am confident that the repeal initiative will succeed.
“Massachusetts is in need of good jobs in our Gateway Cities and elsewhere, but we can build stronger communities and create better jobs without inviting the trouble that casinos bring with them.”
Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone:
The SJC just ruled the casino question will be on the November state ballot. I never had a doubt as the argument for keeping it off the ballot was beyond specious. Now the real work begins. Casino operators are going to pour obscene amounts of money into Massachusetts in order to preserve their state-granted privilege to undermine our economy and poison our communities.
Casinos are proven failures at generating economic growth. It’s the Wal-Mart effect with crime and addiction layered on top. Massachusetts residents recently have been seeing through the smokescreen put up by the casino operators and their proxies. We need to keep that momentum going. Go to http://www.repealthecasinodeal.org/ to get involved.