🍒 Law clearing way for Massachusetts casinos survives repeal vote - Reuters

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The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously Tuesday that a referendum to repeal the state's casino law may appear on the November ballot,​.


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Casinos are still coming to Massachusetts. Voters have decided not to repeal the law that allowed for three casinos and a slots parlor to.


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Chelmsford, MA - State legislators passed a law allowing three casinos and a slots parlor in On Tuesday, it was voters turn to decide.


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The Affordable Casino Repeal Initiative, Question 3 was on the November statewide ballot in Massachusetts as an initiated state statute, where it was.


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Mansfield, MA - State legislators passed a law allowing three casinos and a slots parlor in On Tuesday, it was voters turn to decide.


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Voters said no dice Tuesday to repealing the state's three-year-old expanded gambling law, betting instead on the casino industry.


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Chelmsford, MA - State legislators passed a law allowing three casinos and a slots parlor in On Tuesday, it was voters turn to decide.


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Voters throughout Massachusetts decided not to repeal the state's three-year old expanded gambling law, hoping that casinos could change.


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The process of awarding a license for the Boston area, the last untapped big market in the Northeast and by far the most lucrative in Massachusetts, has been especially convoluted and is still underway; the gaming commission is to name the winner by Sept. Even Gov. Crosby, was accused of conflicts of interest, and although he said he could be impartial, he eventually recused himself from all decisions involving the Boston-area license. The two sides have already squared off in several town-by-town referendums across much of Massachusetts over the last year, fighting each other to a near draw. The nation has a long history of embracing gambling and prohibiting it. Red flags have been raised about the overall health of the casino industry. After corruption scandals led to bans on casinos and lotteries in the mids and again in the early s, states brought them back, most recently during the Depression in the s to stimulate the economy. Barrow, a political scientist at the University of Texas-Pan American who studies gambling. But it has not formally issued the license because that would force MGM to start paying millions of dollars in obligations, and the company wants to hold off until after the November vote. Now they are laying the groundwork for an all-out, statewide donnybrook that will burst into public view in September in television ads and on doorsteps as both sides try to secure support, house by house. The commission chairman, Stephen P. Home Page World U.{/INSERTKEYS}{/PARAGRAPH} Still, Darek Barcikowski, the campaign manager for the repeal group, is optimistic. Because MGM is delaying construction of its casino in Springfield until after the November vote, the pro-casino campaign is focusing on the slots parlor in Plainville, where construction is underway and television ads are being shot. And Massachusetts gamblers continued to plunk their money down in other states. Why is Massachusetts having second thoughts? Deval Patrick, who helped push through the casino legislation, has said he would vote against a casino near his home. Four of its 12 casinos are shutting down this year, putting 8, people out of work, even as casino fever intensifies near New York City. Polls here show that support for casinos, favored late last year by a ratio of two to one, has ebbed. And the tortuous process of awarding casino licenses here has dragged on for three years, with no tangible benefits. When the legislature voted to allow casinos, the state was limping through a nationwide recession. Despite this grim environment, casino advocates here express confidence that they will prevail. In July, Fitch Ratings said industry weakness would persist , citing the saturation of regional markets, stagnant wages among lower-income players and the growth of online gambling. Barrow said. The debate has unfolded against a backdrop of bleak forecasts for the industry. Atlantic City is plagued with problems , many of them caused by competition from casinos in neighboring states. What critics do believe is that casinos will destroy their communities with more crime, traffic and addiction and that Massachusetts should not rely on a predatory industry to improve its economy because it will only fail. Some states have rejected them, but analysts say no state in recent times has spurned them after legalizing them. But since then, the economy has improved. The anti-casino campaign, called Repeal the Casino Deal , acknowledges that it faces an uphill battle. Construction has begun there, but if the repeal measure is defeated, the slots parlor is not due to open until next year. Now it may be the first to reverse itself, with voters deciding in November whether to repeal the law before a single casino has been built. Since then, 23 states have approved commercial casinos. It lacks the resources of the casinos. Massachusetts was one of the last states to climb aboard the casino craze, approving legislation in to allow three casinos and a slots parlor. The steady drumbeat of bad news from Atlantic City has also caused concern here. The commission has awarded the sole slots parlor license to Penn National Gaming in Plainville. More people still back them than oppose them, but support has dropped to about 50 percent, with 8 percent to 10 percent undecided. It says casinos will not bring a net gain of jobs but a net loss, that people will spend their discretionary income at the casinos and sap local businesses, forcing them to lay off workers. {PARAGRAPH}{INSERTKEYS}BOSTON — With the casino industry showing signs of retrenchment, voters in Massachusetts may do something that voters nowhere else have done, at least in the last century: slam on the brakes on casino gambling. The campaign to repeal casinos maintains that the promise of jobs and prosperity is hollow. The stage is set for a multimillion-dollar campaign pitting the casino industry and its allies in organized labor against a coalition of grass-roots activists, religious leaders and mom-and-pop businesses. He said his side had been outspent to 1 on the casino referendum in East Boston in November and still pulled off a surprising victory.