The Last Resort


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WGBH is taking an in-depth look at the casino gambling debate in Massachusetts and what it means for those of us living and working in the Commonwealth with The Last Resort, a special TV and Radio series airing through April 15 on WGBH 2, 89.7 WGBH and WCAI. Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Takeaway, The Emily Rooney Show, The Callie Crossley Show, Greater Boston, and Basic Black are covering the issue from every angle. We want you to help shape the debate by adding your voice to the conversation below.
Shape the debate
Does the impending passage of casino gambling legislation enhance or diminish Deval Patrick’s legacy?
"Deval Patrick’s casino development bill would create the Gaming Control Authority. However, evidence of casino outcomes in other states indicates unequivocally that the two directives of the Gaming Authority, to protect resident wellbeing and to preserve the competitive nature of gambling, are contradictory."
Gambling by the numbers
On April 14, Massachusetts House lawmakers approved a bill to license two resort-style casinos and allow up to 3,000 slot machines at the state's four race tracks by a veto-proof majority of 120-37.
37 states have some form of legalized gambling.
From the American Gaming Association
One net job is lost each year for each operating slot machine.
From United to Stop Slots in Massachusetts
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Key players at the table
deval patrick"The concern is this: that we'll get the slots and we won't get the casinos - and we need the jobs. The jobs come with the casinos."
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robert deleo"There is no doubt in my mind that there is a social cost to gaming... but there is a social cost to joblessness as well."
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mass. senate president therese murray
"You need destination casinos if you're going to do it. You need hotel and restaurant jobs. You need construction jobs... slots at the tracks, that doesn't do it for me."
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state senator susan tucker"Predatory gambling is another kind of Madoff something-for-nothing scheme, which is why it will harm, not rescue, our economy."
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kathleen norbut"We need an independent cost-benefit analysis. We are so far down the road with these discussions and we didn’t even start at the beginning... we need to have a balanced discussion."
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mitchell etess"The greatest possible tax revenues will be generated by a high-quality destination resort casino that produces gaming, sales, employee income, and property taxes."
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Does the impending passage of casino gambling legislation enhance or diminish Deval Patrick’s legacy?