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  • The state would license three casinos in three separate regions of the state - metropolitan Boston and the North Shore, Southeastern Massachusetts, and Western Massachusetts.


  • A seven-member board would issue casino licenses and regulate gaming.  The members would include the state treasurer, the state auditor, and five members appointed by the governor.

  • Estimated $2 billion to the state's economy, $400 million a year to state revenues, and 20,000 jobs.

  • New criminal penalties for gambling-related offenses.

  • A 12-member advisory panel to provide legislative infput.

  • A $350,000 filing fee would be paid by bidders to have their application reviewed. There would also be a minimum licensing fee of $200 million.

  • The state would receive 27 percent of the gross annual gambling revenues or $100 million a year, whichever is larger.

  • A special provision would encourage the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to build their casino in New Bedford rather than Middleborough.

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