“Cities and towns should be able to decide if they would support a casino project”. Senator Markey hit it out of the park with that quote.
A day after anti-gambling advocates seized on remarks by U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren that she will vote to repeal the state’s gaming law, U.S. Sen. Edward J. Markey said he supports keeping the much-debated measure when it hits the Nov. 4 ballot.
The ballot initiative, labeled Question No. 3, is asking voters to nix the law Gov. Deval Patrick signed in late 2011, clearing the way for up to three casinos and a slots parlor statewide. Markey said yesterday in a statement to the Herald that he will vote “no” on the repeal question.
“On balance, I believe Governor Patrick was thoughtful and careful when he signed legislation in 2011 that allows cities and towns to decide to permit casino gambling in their communities,” Markey said. “After weighing both the benefits and costs associated with casino gambling, cities and towns should be able to decide if they would support a casino project. However, at the same time, I respect the arguments of those who oppose the legislation and their right to vote to repeal it at the ballot box.”