By STEVE LEBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) _ Gov. Deval Patrick has signed a bill legalizing casinos in Massachusetts that supporters say will create thousands

Patrick signed the historic measure on Tuesday, declaring that it would not be the solution to all of the state’s economic
problems, nor would it be the cause of all social ills.

The bill allows for three resort-style casinos and one slots parlor in the state.

The governor said he hoped to appoint within the next couple of weeks someone to chair a five-member gambling commission that is created by new law. But it could be years before the first casino

Patrick said he respected those who have a moral objection to casino gambling, but added: “I am not one of them.”

     (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. Mad MaxtaxstateCT says:

    It will create thousands of what? (first paragraph of article was truncated) I think this bill increases jobs in Massachusetts, and decreases jobs in Southeastern CT, for a net wash, or perhaps a small net gain between the two states.

    As regards impacts on CT, the bill will decrease tax revenue to the state due to more money being spent on gas and food when CT residents living near the MA border drive north instead of south, to eat, put gas in their tank, and gamble.

    But don’t worry, CT residents; Malloy is paying hundreds of millions …. of taxpayer dollars …to attract 5 “new” employers to CT, for uh, um, oh, er, unh, um, uh, a few hundred jobs added by each of 5 companies. That should offset the loss of jobs in CT when the Massachusetts Gambling Bill creates thousands of whatever it will create.

  2. Libdumb says:

    Very sad. Those poor kids that will suffer when their parents blow their welfare check at the Casino. There goes their food and school clothing.

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