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Gov. Patrick pushes casino legislation

31 January 2008

WORCESTER, Massachusetts -- As reported by the Worchester Telegram: "Gov. Deval L. Patrick warned yesterday that inaction on his pending legislation to create three resort casinos could result in the establishment of an Indian gaming casino in Middleboro with no revenue stream to the state.

"Mr. Patrick said he is pressing the Legislature to hold hearings and vote on his proposals for three commercially licensed casinos. He said continuing delays on the bill could eventually result in the Mashpee Wampanoag Indians setting up a casino outside of his proposals for commercial casinos.

"Not only would a casino operating under a federal Indian gaming permit not provide the state with a revenue stream, he said, but the developers would not be required to pay for infrastructure impacts associated with such a large development.

"...His comments come as the Legislature moves forward into its lengthy budget review season without holding what he called 'serious hearings' on the legislation that would direct a portion of the gambling proceeds to the state.

"Mr. Patrick said the scheduling of a federal Bureau of Indian Affairs hearing in Middleboro this March on the Mashpee tribe's application to put 540 acres in trust for a $1 billion casino is evidence they are proceeding with the federal application process for a casino..."

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