Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo said that Senate President Therese Murray and
Governor Deval Patrick agree with him that casino talks should be back on the
table, and the Bay State should debate whether to tap into the $900 million a
year that goes directly to Rhode Island and Connecticut casinos.
DeLeo believes it is time to seek new revenues that could help the state's
"I've always been a supporter of slots, in particular at race tracks," DeLeo
said. "I think that's probably quicker means of providing money. But as I told
the Governor and the Senate President, I'm also open to the idea of expanding
However, he quickly added that casinos are by no means the "cure all" for the
state's budget shortfalls. Instead he feels it is another avenue for lawmakers
to use and get the state back on the right track.
The former Speaker of the House Sal Dimasi had long been an opponent to
legalized gambling. He shot down the governor's proposal for three resort
casinos in the state.
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