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This Tales Ending Easy to Wager On
We’d be willing to wager that advocates for
special interests will turn out en masse today for the final joint
budget hearing with one clear message: “We need more money.” And
legislative leaders’ certain response? Don’t bet on it.
“Despite the widespread perception that the
hard fiscal times are over, this `growth gap’ (the difference between
revenue and spending) threatens to produce annual budget deficits for
years to come, making it difficult for the state to meet its existing
obligations, much less take on new ones,” a Massachusetts Taxpayers
Foundation report stated.
That reality makes it all the more exasperating that lawmakers continue
to ignore opportunities to expand legalized gaming to capture some of
the millions of dollars spent over the border in Connecticut casinos,
and increasingly, in cyberspace online casinos.
“Massachusetts people are smart gamblers – they are the players we like
to see,” CasinoFortune.com president Dennis Rose told the Herald in a
special Sunday report on the rise of online casinos. “They go for more
of the skill games – blackjack and video poker.” Rose should know since
his Internet gaming site has seen an increase of almost 30,000
Massachusetts players this winter alone – from 57,000 to 85,000.
It’s unclear how federal law applies to the regulation of such gaming
since no one had the Internet in mind when wire transmission of wagers
was outlawed in the 1960s. And state law doesn’t apply to off-shore
gambling concerns. So online casinos locate in the Caribbean and other
places where gambling is welcome, and Massachusetts’ gaming money
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