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March 19, 2008

BOSTON - Governor Patrick and five members of his cabinet appeared before the House Economic Development and Emerging Technologies Committee yesterday to testify in support of his casino proposal.

They restated their plan would create 20,000 full-time jobs, $400 million a year in tax revenues, and $200 million licensing revenue per casino.

"Casinos in Massachusetts will be neither a cure-all for our economic and fiscal needs nor the end of civilization as we know it," Patrick said. "I have no illusions about the plans in the House for this legislation. I am simply asking that an open debate begin, rather than end, today."

The committee chairman, Rep. Daniel Bosley, D-North Adams, has said the bill would leave the committee with a recommendation that it should not pass in the House. The full House could take up the bill as soon as tomorrow.

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