Patrick: State Casino Law Working As Designed

BOSTON (CBS) — With another community saying no to casinos, Governor Deval Patrick says the state’s casino law is working as it was designed.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Doug Cope reports

Patrick: State Casino Law Working As Designed

The Milford result comes on the heels of “no” votes earlier this month against Mohegan Sun in Palmer and Suffolk Downs in East Boston.

Mohegan Sun has asked for a recount while Suffolk Downs is now considering a casino in Revere.

Patrick tells WBZ NewsRadio 1030 that he supports the law as it stands.

“I think it’s working exactly as it’s suppose to which is to authorize up to three destination resort licenses and one racino I guess it’s called, and let local communities make decision about whether they want the facilities in their own communities,” Patrick said.

In a poll released earlier this week, The Western New England University Polling Institute found that three out of five adults in Massachusetts say they’re in favor of having casinos in the state, but a majority – 55 percent – also say they do not want one in their community.

On the flip slide, communities like Everett, Revere and Springfield have said they would like casinos.


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