BOSTON – The three Democratic candidates for the state’s treasurer were unified against casino in Massachusetts during a debate on TV.
The candidates namely Tom Conroy of Wayland, Barry Finegold of Andover and Deb Goldberg of Brookline told they are against casinos in Massachusetts and expressed concerns for the state’s lottery.
According to the Supreme Judicial Court, a referendum to revoke the 2011 expanded gambling law which allowed three regional resort casinos and one slot parlor will be voted upon on the statewide ballot on November.
State representative Conroy of the 13th Middlesex District told that the gaming bill could create more bankruptcies and hurt the state’s budget.
“I’m the only one who has done a cost-benefit analysis. The costs outweigh the benefits,” Conroy stated.
Meanwhile, Goldberg who served six years for the Brookline Board of Selectmen told that the money generated from lottery tickets was the only unrestricted general funding communities received from the state.
Senator Finegold stated that he voted twice against the gambling bill.
“The gaming bill is a bad bet for the Commonwealth,” Finegold said.
Goldberg also agreed with Finegold saying online gambling would hurt small business like lottery outlets.
“They are terrified of this. Online gambling – there couldn’t be anything worse,” Goldberg expressed.