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Mass. Gaming Commission weighs economic viability

Despite concerns from some industry leaders on the economic viability of having three resort casinos and a slots parlor in Massachusetts, gambling experts say if done correctly, four such venues would be successful in increasing state revenues.

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11/25/2014

article Problem Gambling is the Focus of a New Study
(Massachusetts) -- Problem gambling is the focus of a new study. It’s being conducted by the UMass Amherst School of Public Health in conjunction with the...

11/23/2014

article Gambling regulators set new deadlines for Massachusetts' 3rd and final resort casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators have set new application deadlines for Massachusetts' third and final resort casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article Casinos pushing back on state gambling limits
(Massachusetts) -- Casino companies are voicing strong concerns about a plan by state gambling regulators to limit the time and money gamblers spend at casinos.
article Voluntary limits won't stop gambling addiction: Viewpoint
(Massachusetts) -- You didn't really think the gambling debate in Massachusetts would end on Election Night, did you? Nearly three weeks after the casino issue in...

11/22/2014

article Casinos, charter, and the ballot box
(Massachusetts) -- Two and half years ago Tewksbury voters soundly rejected major changes in the town charter that would eliminate town meeting and institute a nine-...

11/21/2014

article Casino foe: Hold up Wynn
(Massachusetts) -- A casino critic is demanding the $1.6 billion gaming palace slated for Everett be frozen after a bombshell report that federal authorities are...
article MGM Springfield, Wynn Everett, Penn National Gaming prepare to make initial payments associated with Massachusetts casino licenses
(Massachusetts) -- Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the Massachusetts casino law survived an...
article Regulators set deadlines for final casino license
(Massachusetts) -- Gambling regulators have set new application deadlines for Massachusetts' third and final resort casino license. The Massachusetts Gaming...
article New Bedford wants developer to pay for casino impact study
(Massachusetts) -- The city has objected to KG Urban Enterprises’ call for negotiating a host community agreement for a downtown, waterfront casino, saying the...
article Casinos push back on Mass. gambling limits
(Massachusetts) -- In a rarely used tactic meant to address gambling addiction, Massachusetts may require casinos to reward their customers for voluntarily setting...
article Massachusetts Regulators to Decide on Issue of Limiting time and Money for Gamblers
(Massachusetts) -- Though it is a very rarely used strategy for addressing gambling addiction, yet the regulators of Massachusetts may call for casinos to allow their...
article MGM executive takes aim at UMass Amherst researcher in charge of new problem gambling study for Mass. Gaming Commission
(Massachusetts) -- Dr. Rachel Volberg is a UMass Amherst professor who has been researching gambling and problem gambling for nearly 30 years, but it seems at least one...
article Voluntary limits won't stop gambling addiction: Viewpoint
(Massachusetts) -- You didn't really think the gambling debate in Massachusetts would end on Election Night, did you? Nearly three weeks after the casino issue in...

11/20/2014

article Casinos push back on Massachusetts gambling limits
(Massachusetts) -- The state's three licensed casino companies voiced strong concerns Thursday about a plan floated by regulators to limit the time and money...
article Compromise seen in helping gamblers limit losses at casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The state casino industry and its state regulators on Thursday moved closer to a compromise on providing patrons with a system to help some gamblers...
article Mass. Gaming Commission discusses voluntary system to limit slot machine losses at casinos with MGM, Wynn and Penn National
(Massachusetts) -- With a few months until the state's first slot machine starts flashing and clinking, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission spent time at its meeting...
article MGM Resorts seeking to raise $1 billion in new debt
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International said Thursday it hopes to raise $1 billion in new debt to help pay for some of the development costs surrounding the company...
article MGM, Wynn to take on $1 billion in debt each for projects
(Massachusetts) -- Two Las Vegas-based casino companies say they each plan to take on at least $1 billion in debt to help pay for new casino-hotel developments in...
article OP/ED: Devising rules to cut back on casino damage
(Massachusetts) -- With voters having defeated a referendum repealing the casino law, state officials are now obligated to keep the damage to a minimum. That poses a...
article Wynn Resorts delivers $1 million check
(Massachusetts) -- Three weeks after Massachusetts voters rejected the effort to repeal the state’s 2011 casino law, Robert DeSalvio, President of Wynn Resorts presented...
article UMass Amherst partnering with Mass. Gaming Commission on multi-year study to tackle problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- In an effort to limit the negative affects of casino gaming in the commonwealth, the University of Massachusetts Amherst’s School of Public...

11/18/2014

article Already, gambling revenue in Massachusetts starting to flow
(Massachusetts) -- Gamblers have yet to spend a nickle at expanded venues in Massachusetts, but already Plainville and Plainridge Park Casino - along with programs...
article Casino cash heading to Massachusetts communities
(Massachusetts) -- Millions of dollars in gambling money will begin flowing into local government coffers in earnest now that the state's casino law survived an...
article Gaming board eyes home liens ban
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos in Massachusetts would be prohibited from placing liens on the homes of their customers to collect unpaid gambling debts, a tactic used by two...
article Massachusetts casino licensing fees: How lawmakers will spend the total $195 million from MGM, Wynn and Penn National
(Massachusetts) -- As one might expect, money is at the heart of the draw to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts. And with the ballot initiative to repeal the...
article Holmes: Springfield's 'inside out' casino
(Massachusetts) -- One criticism of casino developments, often on the mark, is that they are self-enclosed worlds, without windows or clocks, designed to keep gamblers...
article Ludlow Selectman Aaron Saunders seeking to protect casino mitigation funds for Ludlow and other surrounding communities
(Massachusetts) -- Selectman Aaron Saunders says he wants to make sure Ludlow gets all the money it is entitled to from a mitigation fund for communities surrounding...
article Incentive plan to restrict gambling losses decried
(Massachusetts) -- Even as the casino industry’s main trade group on Tuesday blasted a proposal to give gamblers tools that could help them limit their losses on...

11/17/2014

article MGM pays $85 million Bay State casino license fee
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International has paid Massachusetts a required $85 million gambling licensing fee for its $800 million Springfield resort casino on...
article Holmes: Is Springfield on the rise with a casino?
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ third largest city has been on a downhill slide for at least 40 years. A proposed new downtown casino is just one reason things...

11/15/2014

article Uncertainty still swirls around SouthCoast casino license
(Massachusetts) -- The immediate threat may have been removed, but there’s still plenty of uncertainty swirling around any developer’s bid for the resort...
article Some Hope to Cash In on Casino Town Real Estate
(Massachusetts) -- Gritty Everett and sleepy Plainville are fast becoming real estate hot spots as both communities prepare for the arrival of Vegas-style gambling.

11/13/2014

article Plans for Massachusetts casinos underway
(Massachusetts) -- MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts received a unanimous vote Friday from the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, officially granting each company...

11/12/2014

article Connecticut plan could threaten MGM
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ fledging gambling industry is shrugging off a potential casino on the Connecticut border aimed at siphoning off gamblers heading...
article As Mohegan Sun eyes expansion to compete with Massachusetts casinos, MGM Springfield says it will 'dominate' the region's gaming market
(Massachusetts) -- In response to a report that the Connecticut-based Mohegan Sun is considering expansion to compete against Massachusetts casino projects like the...

11/10/2014

article Plainville hopes to use money from slots at Plainridge to turn on street lights
(Massachusetts) -- One of the first thing town officials want to do with money that will soon be rolling in from slot machines at Plainridge Park Casino is to turn on...
article Massachusetts Gaming Chief Gets Back In The Saddle [sub req]
(Massachusetts) -- The previously embattled chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission has taken back full control of the agency after having recused himself for...

11/9/2014

article State plans measures to curb problem gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The flashing lights and pulsating music of 1,250 slot machines will beckon to them, along with the eternal promise of a jackpot. But patrons who enter...

11/8/2014

article Casinos Spent $14M To Defeat Repeal Question
(Massachusetts) -- Groups seeking to promote or defeat this year’s four ballot questions spent over $28 million, far more than any previous election, according to...
article Massachusetts Residents Repeal Call for Online Casino’s
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters this past Tuesday in the US state have repealed a 2011 state law that allows three regional resort casinos and a single slots...
article Gaming commission finalizes Springfield, Everett licenses
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts International have been officially awarded the state's first two resort casino licenses, following unanimous votes...
article Gaming's benefits begin to trickle down
(Massachusetts) -- It didn't take long for Massachusetts to receive its first concrete benefit for passing a casino-gaming law in 2011 and successfully preserving it...
article Massachusetts governor-elect praises casino development
(Massachusetts) -- Governor-elect Charlie Baker is promising that education will be a priority of his new administration and is praising the development of an MGM casino...
article Progress in Massachusetts Casino Licenses
(Massachusetts) -- Two gambling operators have finally been awarded Massachusetts casino licenses after being in limbo for several months.

11/7/2014

article Gambling industry spends $14m to defeat gambling question
(Massachusetts) -- Casino companies and their supporters spent nearly $14 million in their successful campaign to defeat a ballot question on repealing the state's...
article How Many Casinos Can Mass. Handle?
(Massachusetts) -- A huge $85 million check was featured at the meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission symbolizing the fee paid by Wynn Resorts after being...
article Baker lauds casino plan as he makes 1st visit to west-central Massachusetts since his election
(Massachusetts) -- Gov.-elect Charlie Baker praised the development of an MGM casino in downtown Springfield on Friday as he made his first visit to west-central...

11/6/2014

article Massachusetts casinos now a safe bet
(Massachusetts) -- The march toward Las Vegas-style gambling in the Bay State begins in earnest now that voters have resoundingly defeated a ballot question to repeal...
article MGM officially awarded Massachusetts gaming license
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts gaming regulators officially awarded MGM Resorts International a gaming license Thursday to develop an $800 million hotel-casino complex...
article The Towns That Once Opposed Casinos Voted in Favor of Gambling on Election Day
(Massachusetts) -- The anti-casino rhetoric was strong in a number of communities across Massachusetts over the last couple of years, as several proposed gambling...
article Wynn Resorts pays state $85M in first casino installment
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts presented a jumbo-sized $85 million check to the state Gaming Commission today, the required license fee for its proposed $1.6 billion...
article Formal casino licenses granted for Springfield, Everett
(Massachusetts) -- The state gambling commission on Thursday formally granted resort casino licenses to MGM Resorts and to Wynn Resorts, and deposited $85 million in...
article Gaming Commission head Stephen Crosby says he's not going anywhere once Charlie Baker sworn in
(Massachusetts) -- With a switch in governors occurring in January, the head of the state gaming commission plans to stay where he is. Stephen Crosby, who heads up the...
article Repeal dead, Walsh ready to deal with Wynn Resorts
(Massachusetts) -- With casinos now here to stay, Mayor Martin J. Walsh said he is ready to talk turkey with Wynn Resorts on improvements to Boston roadways leading to...
article City seeks further delay in casino application deadline
(Massachusetts) -- The city is asking the state Gaming Commission to again delay the deadline for applications for a resort casino license in Southeastern Massachusetts.

11/5/2014

article 5 things to know about Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- The march toward Las Vegas-style gambling in the Bay State begins in earnest now that voters have resoundingly defeated a ballot question to repeal...
article A defeat of Question 3 means victory for Plainridge Park Casino
(Massachusetts) -- After years of worrying if their livelihoods will survive, local residents who toil in the harness horse racing industry now know their jobs will...
article Gambling industry finds allies in former foes
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts towns that last year spurned plans for glitzy gambling resorts generally voted with the casino industry on Tuesday, suggesting the...
article Law clearing way for Massachusetts casinos survives repeal vote
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters on Tuesday upheld a 2011 law that paved the way for legal casino gambling in the state, voting down a referendum that would have...
article Mass. Voters Reject Casino Repeal; Expanded Gambling Will Stand
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos are still coming to Massachusetts. Voters have decided not to repeal the 2011 law that allowed for three casinos and a slots parlor to be...
article Massachusetts Voters Clear Way for Wynn, MGM Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters cleared the way for new casinos from Wynn Resorts Ltd. (WYNN), MGM Resorts International (MGM) and Penn National Gaming Inc. (...
article Massachussets Voters Back Billions in Casino Development
(Massachusetts) -- It's not often that a company is heavily directly affected by an election, but in the case of Wynn Resorts and MGM Resorts Tuesday's election...
article Question 3 defeated; Mass. voters opt to keep casino gambling law
(Massachusetts) -- Voters dealt casinos the winning hand. Massachusetts voters rejected Question 3 on Tuesday, saying yes to the state’s fledgling casino industry...
article Regulators to finalize MGM & Wynn casino licenses
(Massachusetts) -- State gambling regulators are completing casino licenses for MGM Resorts International and Wynn Resorts after voters emphatically rejected repealing...
article The Media Loves Gambling Puns When Covering the Casino Vote
(Massachusetts) -- Scenario: a question on casino gambling faces Massachusetts voters in a statewide ballot measure. If you’re a newspaper, website, or other...

11/4/2014

article Anti-casino group looking into appealing Question 3 vote
(Massachusetts) -- Members of the group Repeal the Casino Deal said they will be looking into appealing Tuesday night's ballot Question 3 vote. It had asked...
article Bay State voters choose to preserve fledgling casino industry
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters saved the state’s fledgling casino industry Tuesday by overwhelming rejecting a ballot referendum that would have tossed a...
article Massachusetts voters decide to keep casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters cleared the way on Tuesday for several casino projects to proceed, rejecting a ballot question that sought to overturn the...
article Pro-and-anti-casino coalitions spend final hours of campaign trying to turn out the vote in Western Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- With just hours until the polls close and the fate of the Massachusetts casino law is decided, activists from both sides of the equation are working...
article Vote to reverse Bay State casinos appears losing — or will it?
(Massachusetts) -- By all accounts, a referendum to undo Massachusetts’ casino law should get crushed in Tuesday’s election and lose by 15 to 20 percentage...
article Northampton voters negative on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Springfield might be counting on a casino to spur its economy, but gambling palaces are not popular in Northampton, at least according to a small...

11/3/2014

article Polls show voters in Massachusetts are likely to uphold law that allows casinos
(Massachusetts) -- If the latest surveys are accurate, Massachusetts voters aren't about to do Connecticut's casinos any favors Tuesday. Massachusetts'...
article Casino Campaigns Enter Final Stretch
(Massachusetts) -- The final countdown is on as Election Day is now just hours away. Candidates are making their last ditch efforts on the campaign trail. Locally, it...
article Casino Foes and Supporters Make Last-Ditch Appeal For Votes
(Massachusetts) -- Those for and against casinos are ramping up their arguments before voters decide on Question 3. A yes vote on Election Day would repeal the 2012...
article MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis and Repeal the Casino Deal's Al Cabot debate casino gaming ahead of vote on Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- Contentious topics spur passionate debates and perhaps no issue is hotter this election year than Ballot Question 3, which gives voters a chance to...
article Sounding Off On Massachusetts’ Casino Ballot Question
(Massachusetts) -- With the latest polls showing more voters favor supporting Massachusetts’ casino law than repealing it, New England Public Radio asked people in...
article Everything you need to know about the MGM Springfield casino project, by the numbers
(Massachusetts) -- As voters across Massachusetts prepare to vote on Ballot Question 3 on Tuesday, they are considering what they want the commonwealth to look like...

11/2/2014

article Massachusetts takes another bite at gambling apple in new referendum
(Massachusetts) -- Three years ago, Massachusetts approved legalized gambling, after companies competed fiercely for regional licenses and millions were spent on real...
article I-Team: Real impacts of casino; Bethlehem, PA
(Pennsylvania) -- On Election Day, voters will decide to keep the state’s gaming law or repeal it. In the first of a three part series, the 22News I-Team reveals...
article Anti-casino supporters rally three days before vote
(Massachusetts) -- Fewer than 72 hours remain before voters go to the polls on Tuesday. There are plenty of big races at stake, but, for some, nothing is bigger than...
article Sick leave, casino questions resonate with faith groups
(Massachusetts) -- The politicking began just moments after formal worship ended last Sunday at St. Edith Stein Parish. A handful of women lingered in the church...
article STUTZ: Vote to reverse Bay State casinos appears losing — or will it?
(Massachusetts) -- By all accounts, a referendum to undo Massachusetts’ casino law should get crushed in Tuesday’s election and lose by 15 to 20 percentage...
article Column: Arguments against Questions 2 and 3 persuade me
(Massachusetts) -- I am now against Question 2, which seeks to expand the bottle bill in Massachusetts. I'm officially a flip-flopper. If I were a politician, my...
article Markowitz: Learn from Atlantic City
(Massachusetts) -- In 1977, my husband and I moved to a small town near Atlantic City where casino gambling had just been legalized. In an area where jobs had been...

11/1/2014

article Anti-casino protesters in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- Dozens of anti-casino protesters marched from City Hall to the South End of Springfield Saturday morning. It was a final push to convince voters to...
article ‘It’s clearly the money that carries the day’
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of Ballot Question 3 have a lot of money riding on defeat of the measure Tuesday that would repeal the state’s expanded gaming...
article Letter: Casinos a bad deal; say 'yes' on Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- To the editor: I am writing to ask all voters to vote “yes” on Question 3, on Tuesday Nov. 4. If we allow casinos to come to Massachusetts...
article Letter: Question 3 through a child's eyes
(Massachusetts) -- An actress had her children’s drawings embroidered onto her wedding veil. A professor turned her children’s doodles into textile designs....

10/31/2014

article Catholic pastors urged to preach against casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Weekend churchgoers can expect strident speeches from the pulpit urging a “yes” vote on casino repeal in a final push to spike the casino...
article Faith leaders rally in support of casino ban, sick leave ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Local faith leaders met at Memorial Church in Harvard Yard, Oct. 22, to pray and speak in solidarity with the "Yes for Justice Campaign" in...
article I-Team: The impact of casinos in other states
(Massachusetts) -- 22News I-Team Reporter Ryan Walsh’s journey south to Bethlehem, PA and 22News I-Team Reporter Laura Hutchinson’s journey north to Oxford,...
article WNE Poll shows strong support for state's casino law, even among Catholics, despite clergy urging vote for repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Support for the Massachusetts casino law remains strong as voters prepare to vote on Ballot Question 3 this coming Tuesday, which could repeal it...
article WNEU Poll finds 59% of likely voters would vote "No" on Question 3, in favor of casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Western New England University's final poll of the political season found that most voters will for “No” on Question 3, which would...
article Editorial: Betting On Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- As is so often the case in politics, it's taken the commonwealth a long time to get here - but tomorrow, the citizens will go to the ballot boxes...

10/30/2014

article Casino backers, opponents make their cases, door by door
(Massachusetts) -- In a Chelsea neighborhood of steep hills and big dogs, a persistent woman in a Wynn Resorts baseball cap knocked on a dozen doors until she found that...
article Massachusetts Reconsiders Bet on Legal Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Three years after a state law paved the way for legalized casino gambling in Massachusetts, voters are set to decide next week whether New England...
article MGM Springfield, Repeal the Casino Deal continue debate on ballot question 3
(Massachusetts) -- In just six days, Massachusetts voters will determine the fate of casinos in the Bay State, as they decide on whether or not to repeal the gaming law...
article Question 3 on state ballot would repeal 2011 law for licensing up to three resort casinos in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Voters Tuesday will decide whether to repeal the 2011 casino gaming law allowing the state to license up to three resort casinos and one slot parlor...
article Question 3 will decide fate of four Massachusetts casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-gambling groups and residents worried about the social and financial impacts of casinos will have one last chance to repel them from the state at...
article The problem with gambling research
(Massachusetts) -- Casino gaming is on the rise across much of the developed world, with governments increasingly unable to resist the allure of windfall taxes and a...

10/29/2014

article Anti-casino coalition members say economic benefits of Springfield gaming facility illusory
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives of the "Repeal the Casino Deal" campaign said on Monday the short-term job gains promised by casino companies will not...
article Casino opponents destroy a slot machine on the State House steps
(Massachusetts) -- Those that hope to repeal the state’s gaming law wanted to send a clear message: they are going to smash casinos out of Massachusetts one way or...
article Massachusetts Question 3 debate: MGM Springfield president, Repeal the Casino Deal coordinator offer sharp disagreement on casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Michael Mathis and Alan Cabot sat just a few feet apart during a debate at the CBS 3 studio in downtown Springfield on Wednesday, but they were miles...
article MGM Springfield President Mike Mathis says casino will provide jobs, an issue resonating with voters
(Massachusetts) -- With less than one week remaining until Election Day – when the fate of the state's casino law will be decided, MGM Springfield President...
article Republican candidate for treasurer visits Plainridge Park Casino, opposes repeal of state gambling law
(Massachusetts) -- Mike Heffernan, the Republican candidate for state treasurer, toured the construction site of Plainridge Park Casino Tuesday and urged voters to...
article Jendrysik: Legalized gaming debate can last a lifetime
(Massachusetts) -- As the commonwealth of Massachusetts stumbles down the road to legalizing casino gambling, the Nov. 4 election provides this former economics teacher...

10/28/2014

article Boston Globe: 'Pull The Plug On Flawed Casino Law'
(Massachusetts) -- The Boston Globe came out with an editorial this week saying that the 2011 Massachusetts casino law is a rotten deal for state residents and the law...
article Some voters are still confused of casino question wording
(Massachusetts) -- Election Day is one week away and while voters may have made up their minds about casinos, many are still confused on how to vote on the ballot.
article Voters Can Repeal Law Allowing Massachusetts Casinos on Election Day
(Massachusetts) -- In the Capital Region, communities await a decision from the state on where a casino will be placed. Across the border in the Bay State, another type...
article Will all bets be off? Massachusetts voters to decide casino gambling's fate
(Massachusetts) -- Looking to rake in some much-needed cash, the Massachusetts legislature approved casino gambling in 2011. Bids were taken. Several licenses for slots...
article Wynn promises unique design for Everett hotel
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn told financial analysts on Tuesday that he has finished the redesign of his proposed casino hotel in Everett and said the property will be...
article A Reply To Barney Frank's Liberal Case For Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Over at MassPoliticsProfs, Maurice Cunningham responds to former U.S. Rep. Barney Frank's op-ed making the liberal case for casinos.
article Lottery is monitoring the popularity of high-priced tickets
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts Lottery players are shifting their buying habits, favoring higher-priced instant tickets over multi-state jackpot drawings, which has...

10/27/2014

article Critics say casino mogul delaying report until after referendum
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts has ignored its own deadline for filing a detailed traffic report for its Everett casino in a move casino repeal advocates view as an...
article Wynn Resorts discussing pollution cleanup at Everett casino site
(Massachusetts) -- Wynn Resorts will discuss its plans to clean up the polluted, former chemical plant site in Everett where it wants to build a $1.6 billion resort...
article Wynning Bid in Boston
(Massachusetts) -- Steve Wynn and the city of Everett were the winners in the contest for the license for the Boston Metro casino zone, with Suffolk Downs and the...
article Casinos: A Losing Bet For Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos should have no place in Massachusetts, and Ballot Question 3 is our chance to stop them. (A “yes” vote on Question 3  says...
article I-Team: Casinos – The real impact
(Massachusetts) -- The question of casinos in Massachusetts has been a hot topic for over a decade. The state legislature approved a law for the creation of a limited...

10/26/2014

article Our View: Our views on the Mass. ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters will decide four statewide ballot questions when they head to the polls on Nov. 4. The Editorial Board has heard the arguments...
article The gamble on Question 3: Casino projects hang in the balance
(Massachusetts) -- The Bay State’s foray into casino gambling has been a journey fraught with controversy and plot twists. The next chapter comes Nov. 4, when...
article Advocates and opponents: Candidates take sides on casino question
(Massachusetts) -- The candidates for state Senate for the 1st Plymouth and Bristol District have opposite views about the state’s gambling legislation, and...
article Casino law must go / Opponents: Casinos no quick economic fix
(Massachusetts) -- Casinos will ravage rather than rejuvenate the state's economy, gambling opponents say. And they hope the electorate from the Berkshires to Cape...
article Opinion: Preference and principle define ballot initiatives
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts’ marquee governor’s race features different flavors of moderate vying for votes in the middle. It’s all about...
article Place your bets: State voters to decide fate of casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Penn National Gaming has a license and its Plainville slot parlor is under construction. MGM and Wynn Resorts have been approved for casino licenses...
article Supporters urge 'no' on 3
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters of the state's casino legislation say massive projects planned for Springfield and Everett will transform the economies of two regions...
article Editorial: 'No' on Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- ISSUE: The proposed law would: 1) prohibit the Massachusetts Gaming Commission from issuing any license for a casino or other gaming establishment...
article Guest Opinion: Cast yes vote on Question 3 to stop Mass. casino mess
(Massachusetts) -- Not a single casino in Massachusetts has opened, yet we’ve seen headline after headline — grand jury indictments, allegations of cronyism...
article Ham: Stop casinos and legal larceny
(Massachusetts) -- It's about the money. The casino and slots slated for the state are about money. A powerful legislator dictated that gambling would expand and...
article Yes on Question 3: Pull the plug on flawed casino law
(Massachusetts) -- THROUGH THE looking glass of Massachusetts politics, yes means no, and casino gambling means sustainable economic development.

10/25/2014

article Casino supporters canvass Western Massachusetts urging to vote
(Massachusetts) -- Supporters gathered at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Springfield on Saturday morning to canvass Western Massachusetts and...
article Election 2014 Debate: Should Massachusetts’ Casino Law Be Repealed? [audio]
(Massachusetts) -- Today we look at Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot, which allows voters to choose whether or not to repeal the state’s casino law.
article Pro-casino activists hitting the streets Saturday to urge a 'no' vote on ballot question repealing Massachusetts gaming law
(Massachusetts) -- With the hopes of increasing support for maintaining the Massachusetts law which paves the way for up to three casinos and a slots parlor in the...
article Repeal the Casino Deal produces 1st TV ad, seeks contributions to bring it to air
(Massachusetts) -- Anti-casino activists in Massachusetts have produced their first TV ad, but without the funds to bring it to broadcast, they are turning to their...
article Column: An Everett casino means regional problems
(Massachusetts) -- WHEN IT comes to Question 3 — that is, whether to repeal the state’s casino law — I’m a NIBBY voter. Not In Boston’s...
article VIEW FROM FRONT PORCH: Vote yes on Question 3 to benefit Cohasset
(Massachusetts) -- How many times in life have we said to ourselves, "Oh, if I could only do that over"? From large life decisions ("Did I actually marry...
article Incentive program to prevent overspending by gamblers proposed for Mass.
(Massachusetts) -- A customer sits in front of a slot machine, but before pulling the lever for the first time he pauses to voluntarily set a limit on the amount of...

10/24/2014

article BARNEY FRANK: The liberal case for casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Maybe it’s because I retired, but I apparently missed the meeting — the one in which it was decided that liberals should oppose casinos....
article Interfaith anti-casino gathering: Massachusetts policy 'is creating gambling addicts
(Massachusetts) -- "Really gratifying" is how organizer Steve Abdow described the turnout for Thursday's interfaith, anti-casino gathering at the Greek...
article Trump critic: Mass. $$$, population can support casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters should pay no heed to one-time casino mogul Donald Trump's warnings that the casino market in the Northeast is already...
article Wynn to Hold Forum for Employment and Vendors
(Massachusetts) -- As soon as Wynn Resorts received the Greater Boston casino license, the calls began pouring in from potential employees and vendors. All of them had...

10/23/2014

article Groups rally for ballot questions on casino repeal, sick time
(Massachusetts) -- Clergy, academics, and other advocates urged support on Wednesday for ballot questions that would repeal the state casino law and provide many workers...
article Should Massachusetts Voters Overturn Casinos?
(Massachusetts) -- Question 3 on the Massachusetts ballot asks voters if they support or oppose the Bay State casino law. John Ribeiro of Repeal the Casino Deal and Jay...
article Incentive program proposed to prevent gambling overspending
(Massachusetts) -- A customer sits down in front of a slot machine, but before pulling the lever for the first time he pauses to voluntarily set a limit on the amount of...
article Revere, Track Union Files Lawsuit Against MGC for Wynn Decision
(Massachusetts) -- The City of Revere and a union representing some Suffolk Downs employees filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) last...

10/22/2014

article Gaming researcher debunks Trump remarks
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts voters should pay no heed to one-time casino mogul Donald Trump's warnings that the casino market in the Northeast is already...
article Casino backers spending heavily on TV ads
(Massachusetts) -- Pro-casino television ads by an industry -backed political group have run nearly 3,000 times on local broadcast stations, while underfunded gambling...
article Stop gaming debate on casino gambling
(Massachusetts) -- With the general election just two weeks away, the four referendum questions on the state ballot are getting almost as much attention as the governor...

10/21/2014

article Casino companies spend another $4.5 million to defeat casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- The three licensed casino companies in Massachusetts, including MGM Resorts, have donated another $4.5 million to the campaign to oppose a repeal of...
article Casino Company Cash Continues To Dominate Ballot Question Spending In Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- All three companies slated to receive casino licenses in Massachusetts are spending millions to beat back a ballot question aiming to repeal the state...
article Casino firms spend heavily to fight repeal of law
(Massachusetts) -- Casino companies that have been awarded licenses in Massachusetts donated $4.5 million this month to a group fighting repeal of the state's casino...
article Travel company chairman is the leading donor to the casino repeal effort
(Massachusetts) -- The effort to repeal the state's 2011 casino law has attracted a number of Boston's deep-pocketed executives and philanthropists. But there...
article Trio charged in casino land sale
(Massachusetts) -- Convicted felon and mob associate Charles Lightbody was kept closely in the loop during the final weeks of negotiations to sell his Everett land to...

10/20/2014

article Question Three: Putting Casinos Before The People
(Massachusetts) -- After Massachusetts passed the casino law in 2011, the opposing views on expanded gambling seemed like a moot point. But the question of casinos is...
article Wynn makes its first donation to thwart the casino repeal ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- When casino operators Penn National and MGM started plowing millions into a campaign this summer to stop a ballot question that would repeal the state...
article Casino campaigns intensify in Springfield
(Massachusetts) -- With just two weeks until the statewide casino referendum, both sides of the “repeal” question are stepping up their campaign efforts.
article Owner's alleged mob ties could stall development of Middleboro property
(Massachusetts) -- The fate of nearly 170 acres of property in Middleboro could be tied up in federal court for years, now that its owner has been indicted for scheming...
article Proposal for horse racing in Brockton wins support
(Massachusetts) -- Plans to bring thoroughbred horse racing to Brockton for the first time in almost 15 years on Monday picked up the strong endorsement of Mayor Bill...

10/19/2014

article Casino opponents’ lottery forecast based on faulty data
(Massachusetts) -- Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not...
article Casino question could be a jackpot
(Massachusetts) -- Top union officials are vowing a strong Election Day turnout to defeat a casino-repeal ballot measure — a push that could prove the wild card...
article Jewish, Christian and Islamic Leaders Lead Anti-Casino Movement in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- A Massachusetts state law passed in 2011 and approved by the legislature that allowed developments of casino’s in the state is now facing an...
article Editorial: No good reason to stop the casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts did not plunge recklessly into the casino business. It was debated for years, with considerable tugging back and forth between the...
article Lottery revenue threats challenge treasurer candidates
(Massachusetts) -- One of the biggest challenges facing the three candidates hoping to become the next Massachusetts treasurer is how to protect the state lottery from...
article MGM to meet with Indian Orchard Citizens Council on Question 3
(Massachusetts) -- Representatives from MGM Resorts International will meet with the Indian Orchard Citizens Council to discuss Question 3 on the November ballot. The...

10/18/2014

article Keller @ Large: New Poll Shows Support For Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- A new Boston Globe poll shows voters rejecting Question Three, the ballot question aiming to repeal the casino law. John Ribeiro was a key architect...
article Mass. voters to decide fate of casino law
(Massachusetts) -- In this suburb a few miles from the Rhode Island state line, construction crews are moving earth, pouring concrete and filling out the steel frame of...
article Question 3 – Gamble of a question
(Massachusetts) -- I’m not a huge fan of casinos. I don’t see them as a must have or a guiding light to save this state’s budget woes (nothing will be...
article Repeal the Casino Deal campaign stickers put on meters
(Massachusetts) -- Drivers may have noticed casino campaign signs in front of people’s homes, businesses, and even on parking meters in downtown Springfield.

10/17/2014

article Berwick to help casino foes raise $$$
(Massachusetts) -- Former candidate for governor Don Berwick is staying active in Massachusetts politics. A day after Democratic gubernatorial nominee Martha Coakley...
article Bishops urge support of ballot casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Casino tycoons assure Bay Staters that they will bring jobs and revenue here, but opponents call their pledge a bluff. The people opposed to expanded...
article Last chance to fix a bad bet
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick has promised that casinos will "spur economic growth in every region of the commonwealth." That's a tall order....
article Patrick mulls ballot questions
(Massachusetts) -- Gov. Deval Patrick is ready to bring his strong approval rating to bear on four ballot questions, aiming to preserve gas-tax and gaming policies he...
article Repeal proponents: Casinos will cut local aid
(Massachusetts) -- The anti-casino ballot committee has released a report claiming the state’s expanded gambling law will deal a serious blow to lottery revenues,...

10/16/2014

article Ballot Question 3: Voters Decide Casino Fate
(Massachusetts) -- In the town of Plainville, five miles from Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium, construction is almost finished on a $225 million slot parlor set to...
article Fate of Casinos to Impact Central Mass
(Massachusetts) -- In less than three weeks Massachusetts will decide the fate of casinos in the state, something that stands to have an impact on Central Massachusetts...

10/15/2014

article Casino gaming might impact lottery revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Opponents of MGM Springfield, have been concerned not as many people will play the lottery if they’re gambling at the casino. The lottery brings...
article Massachusetts Will Vote on Question to Repeal Casino Gaming
(Massachusetts) -- Construction is busy at the Plainridge race track in Massachusetts, where Penn National Gaming is building a new slot parlor. Businesses along...
article MCMORROW: Charlestown’s stake in Wynn game
(Massachusetts) -- Ever since Steve Wynn proposed building a massive casino on a polluted riverfront lot in Everett, the wrangling over the facility has happened in the...
article VENNOCHI: Well-funded pro-casino ads tug at the heartstrings
(Massachusetts) -- James J. Murren, chairman of the board and CEO of MGM Resorts International, is a great salesman for casinos, especially the one he wants to build in...
article Casino funding goes to small-business loans
(Maryland) -- A granola company, a cafe and a contracting firm owned by a disabled veteran are the first three recipients of $700,000 in loans from a new Baltimore...

10/14/2014

article Massachusetts mayors denounce anti-casino study
(Massachusetts) -- A group of Massachusetts mayors and town executives are questioning a study released last week by anti-casino activists that claimed casinos would...
article Municipal leaders denounce anti-casino study that suggests casinos would hurt local revenue
(Massachusetts) -- Massachusetts mayors and town executives on Tuesday challenged a study by anti-casino activists that claims new casinos will reduce city and town...
article Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse to appear with Repeal the Casino deal supporters at public presentation featuring comedian, ex-congressman
(Massachusetts) -- Anyone in Western Massachusetts looking for more information about the casino repeal effort in the commonwealth will have an opportunity next week to...
article Plainville town manager joins others in opposing anti-gambling question
(Massachusetts) -- Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes, along with a group of casino supporters, is fighting back against claims that expanded gambling in Massachusetts...
article Treasurer: Casinos will not drain Lottery $$
(Massachusetts) -- State Treasurer Steve Grossman slammed claims by casino repeal advocates that gambling parlors will reduce Lottery profits by more than 20 percent and...
article Maryland Live! dealer training school leads to federal lawsuit
(Maryland) -- A federal class action lawsuit was filed Tuesday against Maryland Live! casino in Hanover claiming the casino's dealer school was a "prop"...

10/13/2014

article Author Robert Steele decries gambling
(Massachusetts) -- The promises coming from proponents of keeping gambling on the books in Massachusetts this election are not true, according to Connecticut author...

10/12/2014

article Pro-casino group launches third ad opposing repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Defenders of the state casino law will release a new television ad Saturday, highlighting the money Massachusetts gamblers spend in out-of-state...
article Voters to decide fate of state gaming with Question No. 3
(Massachusetts) -- Question 3 on the ballot for the Nov. 4 state election would repeal the state's Expanded Gaming Act of 2011, even though licenses have been...
article Fitzgerald: Casino ads don’t show gambling agony
(Massachusetts) -- By now you’ve probably seen the ad, showing an earnest working man in a hard hat telling viewers how family guys like him will be assured of...
article Fitzgerald: Clergy shouldn’t need ‘talking points’ to fight casinos
(Massachusetts) -- If you saw the story in yesterday’s Herald telling of clergymen from across the commonwealth gathering under the majestic arches of Old South...

10/11/2014

article Richard Brunswick: Question 3 can stop casino mess before it starts
(Massachusetts) -- To the editor: I am writing to express my agreement with columnist Clare Higgins and a letter-writer in encouraging voters to vote yes on Question 3...
article The pros and cons of repealing the casino bill
(Massachusetts) -- There were no roll calls in the House or Senate last week. This week, Beacon Hill Roll Call looks at Question 3, one of the four questions on the...

10/10/2014

article Pro-casino group launches third ad opposing repeal
(Massachusetts) -- Defenders of the state casino law will release a new television ad Saturday, highlighting the money Massachusetts gamblers spend in out-of-state...
article Baker says he'd try to save casino in Springfield — but not Everett or Plainville — if voters repeal gambling law
(Massachusetts) -- Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said Friday he would seek to save a planned casino in Springfield even if voters repeal the state gambling law,...
article Charlie Baker says he would not fight for Everett casino, Plainville slots parlor, if voters reject gaming law
(Massachusetts) -- Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker said he would not seek to keep the proposed Everett casino or Plainville slots parlor if voters...
article Mass. Treasurer Candidates Square Off Over Lottery, Casinos
(Massachusetts) -- Candidates for Massachusetts’ Treasurer are debating the impact casinos could have on the state’s profitable lottery, which largely funds...
article Fitzgerald: Clergy shouldn’t need ‘talking points’ to fight casinos
(Massachusetts) -- If you saw the story in yesterday’s Herald telling of clergymen from across the commonwealth gathering under the majestic arches of Old South...
article Opinion: Why I’m voting for casino repeal
(Massachusetts) -- The Massachusetts Gaming Commission recently awarded a casino license to Wynn Resorts. ON NOV. 4 I’m going to vote “yes’’ on...

10/9/2014

article Poll: Casino repeal effort seems to be gaining momentum in Massachusetts
(Massachusetts) -- The effort to repeal the 2011 Massachusetts Expanded Gaming Act seems to be gaining momentum, with less than a month until election day.
article Pro- and anti-casino lawn signs as confusing as wording of Massachusetts ballot question
(Massachusetts) -- Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says her office has received several calls asking for clarification about Question 3 on the Nov. 4 ballot regarding...

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