Casino Development in Massachusetts

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Casino Development in Massachusetts

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is in trouble. As the Big Dig gets closer to completion and the unemployment rate rises in the state, what are lawmakers doing to help boost the economy and close the deficit? Heading into the fiscal year 2005, Massachusetts is facing a record deficit of close to two billion dollars. Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are scrambling for solutions, but seem to be coming up empty handed. With the elections drawing nearer and nearer, and local state contenders vying for seats in the state congress getting more competitive with one another, what can Massachusetts do about this economic crisis. A number of legislators from Massachusetts seem to have a solution to help Massachusetts out of this rut, and boost the struggling economy and job market. That solution is the introduction of legalized gambling and casinos to the state of Massachusetts. The legalization of casinos in Massachusetts would provide the state huge tax profits, provide thousands of jobs to a struggling market, help boost the states lagging tourism sector, drive local business upwards through millions of new visitors each year, and provide everyone (tourists & local citizens) with quality entertainment.

Throughout the twentieth century, legalized gambling has become an excellent source of entertainment. Proponents of gambling argue that casinos provide an outstanding source for job opportunities, direct revenue to state and local governments through taxes and fees, and increased tourism in the surrounding areas. Opponents of the controversial gambling topic focus on the attraction of an unwanted crowd, increased crime rate, and traffic congestion on state and local roadways. Both United States citizens and foreign tourists who want to experience the glitz and glamour of gambling can travel to remarkable Las Vegas or Atlantic City. For many years, Nevada and New Jersey were the headquarters of gambling in North America. However, the corporate gambling world got a facelift on February 15, 1992, when a new casino opened in the New England area that would change the entire legalized gambling world forever. This casino would become the most “fantastic” gambling venue in the world.

A Whole New Ballgame

Foxwoods Resort and Casino, developed by the Mashantucket Pequot Indian Nation, has grown from a small casino to the largest casino i...

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Gives information regarding recent votes and recent legislative moves that directly effect the gaming movement.

Van Voorhis, Scott (2004). Gambling biz betting change is for better. Boston Herald.

http://news.bostonherald.com/localRegional/view.bg?articleid=46327ain

Discusses recent moves by Thomas Finneran (Fmr. Speaker of the House), which has a major effect on the issue at hand.

References (cont.)

Gambling Magazine Online. (2003)

(http://www.gamblingmagazine.com/managearticle.asp?C=280&A=8441 )

Discusses spending that is happening in Massachusetts to help push casinos to the state.

http://www.foxwoods.com

Gives General information regarding the casino itself, facilities, and services. Used for a variety of data and information.

The Center for Business and Economic Research ,University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2004). Metropolitan Las Vegas Tourism Statistics.

http://www.unlv.edu/Research_Centers/cber/tour.html

Provides statistical data for tourism in Las Vegas area.

http://www.02133.org/issue.cfm?ID=10

Gives good background information regarding the Massachusetts casino movement specifically and also presents good facts and data.
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