Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Coverage of casino licensing and the gambling referendum

Worst casino fears coming to fruition

Worst casino fears coming to fruition

Gambling palaces are dangerous to local communities

IT DIDN’T TAKE LONG for the powerful casino industry to muscle its way into Massachusetts politics. Beginning in the early 2000s, corporate lobbyists began giving unprecedented amounts of money to elected officials on Beacon Hill to convince them to support expanded gambling. By 2009, leadership in the House, Senate, and the corner office all supported(...)

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Wynn changing Everett — for the better

Wynn changing Everett — for the better

Casino will help, not hurt, local businesses

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING ACT was enacted by the Legislature in 2011 specifically to create new jobs, generate new tax revenue, and propel local economic growth. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, the entity created by the Legislature and charged with maximizing the potential for the spinoff economic development potential of this new industry, works hard every day(...)

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Are thoroughbreds a good bet for the state?

Are thoroughbreds a good bet for the state?

Beacon Hill struggling with subsidies for the sport of kings

TEN HORSES SHOOT OUT of the gate with Simply Mas moving quickly to take the lead. The pack bunches up at the first turn, with Worth the Worry moving up on the inside and Goodbyeguinessbok gaining ground on the outside.  As they head down the stretch, Simply Mas fades and Worth the Worry surges to(...)

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Crosby: Thoroughbred racing can be saved

Crosby: Thoroughbred racing can be saved

Asks lawmakers for control of horse racing funds

THE STATE’S ON-THE-ROPES thoroughbred racing industry can be resurrected, the chairman of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission said in a letter to the Legislature on Wednesday. Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the commission, acknowledged in his letter that the thoroughbred industry is on the verge of losing its one operating track, which plans to hold only(...)

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Gaming Commission: Hands off horse fund

Gaming Commission: Hands off horse fund

Members seem eager to revive thoroughbred racing

STILL HOPEFUL THEY CAN REVIVE thoroughbred racing in the state, the members of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Thursday said they intend to lobby lawmakers to leave intact a fund designed to prop up the industry. A number of proposals have surfaced on Beacon Hill in recent weeks to tap the Horse Race Development Fund,(...)

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Idle horse race funds attracting interest

Idle horse race funds attracting interest

Senate wants to snatch $15m to help balance budget

IT’S DANGEROUS TO LEAVE millions of dollars lying around these days on Beacon Hill. Someone is likely to snatch the money. The state’s Horse Race Development Fund is a case in point.  Set up to sweeten the purses of horse races, the fund draws its revenue from a tax on casino gambling. Harness races in(...)

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Wynn: Building in Boston is expensive

Wynn: Building in Boston is expensive

‘We were surprised. We took a lot of bids’

STEVE WYNN TOLD FINANCIAL ANALYSTS on Tuesday that he has been very surprised at how much it is costing to build his hotel and casino in Everett. As previously reported, the $2.4 billion price tag is up about $300 million since August. But Wynn said the cost wouldn’t be rising anymore. “That’s the end of(...)

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Rosenberg pans casino last call provision

Rosenberg pans casino last call provision

Says casinos relentless in trying to change the rules

SENATE PRESIDENT STANLEY ROSENBERG said on Thursday he was not a fan of a House proposal that could allow Massachusetts casinos to serve alcohol to patrons for an additional two hours – until 4 a.m. Rosenberg, who shied away from discussing other aspects of the House budget at a meeting with reporters, showed no reticence(...)

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A later last call for casinos?

A later last call for casinos?

House budget plan allows drinking until 4 a.m.

THE MASSACHUSETTS GAMING COMMISSION could allow casinos to sell liquor to gamblers an extra two hours – until 4 a.m. – under an outside section of the House Ways and Means budget proposal. Current law bars liquor sales at casinos beyond 2 a.m., which matches existing state law. The House proposal would allow the Gaming(...)

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Court decision opens door to Vineyard casino

Court decision opens door to Vineyard casino

MA loses federal appeal filed by Gay Head tribe

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A FEDERAL APPEALS COURT on Monday overturned a lower court ruling that had denied the Aquinnah Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head the right to build a casino gaming facility on Martha’s Vineyard, opening the door to another possible casino in Massachusetts. A US District Court judge in 2015 ruled that the(...)

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