Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The Crappification Plan

A very sad day for a Constitutional officer and the Commonwealth to exhibit the nonsense of proposing slot parlors to bail Massachusetts from it's financial woes. When Treasurer Cahill first publicized his support for slots in the Commonwealth it was allegedly to be in-front of the inevitable-not, Indian casinos coming to Massachusetts. The Carcieri ruling has catapulted that myth into space. Now slot parlors, yikes.

The Spectrum Gaming report commissioned by the Governor and written by pro-casino business experts denounces racinos and slots without a destination resort. Few jobs created, money drained from the immediate economy and predatory gambling being the sole business product. The report further details the negative fiscal impacts of a casino upon abutting communities with the Town of Monson used as a model. I wrote the essay that was published in the Spectrum Gaming report analyzing potential impacts upon the school district should a class III casino be sited in Palmer. Class III destination resort casinos with all their glitter are not sound public or fiscal policy. Slot parlors are just an embarrassment.


Anonymous said...

Well done!

What a sad day for the Treasurer!

Mark Belanger said...

As someone who has studied casinos and their socio-economic effects, I'm accustomed to half-baked casino proposals that give short shrift to impacts while over-estimating benefits.

That said, Cahill's slot parlor plan requires a new pair of stupid sunglasses to protect my eyes from the blinding stupidity of Cahill's short sighted, ill-conceived plan.

What is wrong with him?