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Massachusetts governor adds pressure for casinos

3 January 2008

MASSACHUSETTS -- As reported by the Boston Globe: "Governor Deval Patrick is considering including projected casino licensing revenues in his budget proposal for the next fiscal year, a risky political maneuver designed to increase pressure on the House to approve his plan for three resort casinos in the state. more stories like this

"In pushing his gaming plan into the realm of the state budget, Patrick is dangling before the Legislature the prospect of an $800 million infusion of licensing fees paid by casino developers as the state faces a deficit of as much as $1.45 billion.

"House leaders, though, said the governor would be met with stiff resistance if he puts such revenue in the budget before his casino bill has even received a formal hearing, much less been approved by lawmakers.

"...With a big budget gap, including casino licensing money would put pressure on lawmakers to pass the governor's proposal or find other ways to balance the budget as required by state law. When the governor introduces his budget, within three weeks, legislators will spend months reshaping it..."

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