The tribe has already applied to the U.S. Department of Interior to take their Middleboro property into federal trust for the purpose of building a casino complex.
"This situation would have a potentially disastrous effect on commercial casinos in the commonwealth, as a tribal casino in this case would potentially contribute no tax money to the commonwealth, and would obviously cause a decline in the gross gaming revenues to the commercial casinos," the report says.
Daniel O'Connell, the secretary of Housing and Economic Development, issued a statement that accompanied the report. "I believe that this analysis will prove valuable for future policy deliberations if and when the issue of expanded gaming in Massachusetts re-emerges."
A spokesperson from O'Connell's office added, "I think that based on the Spectrum analysis, it's clear that done correctly, casinos can be very successfully integrated into our tourism industry."
However, House Speaker Salvatore DiMasi remains skeptical. In a statement he
said, "While I remain an opponent of allowing casino gambling in the
commonwealth, I will fully analyze the details of today's report with the
Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies and will discuss
best next steps with Governor Patrick, Senate President (Therese) Murray and my
colleagues in the House."
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