The Phoenix would prefer to see the state develop three regional casinos with no racinos. The more upscale the gambling facility, the greater is the chance to piggyback its marketing on a sophisticated campaign to attract tourist dollars to other recreational and cultural sites. Patrick is right: if Massachusetts is to take an historic step and expand gaming beyond the current lottery, it should do so properly.
That said, if a stronger case for standalone slots can be made, let someone make it. But under any circumstances, those slots should be subject to competitive bidding. No-bid slot licenses for tracks are nothing more than corporate welfare.
The public is justifiably angered that nothing came of this in this session. But rather than indict the entire legislature or blame Patrick, the public should focus on the House of Representatives and its leader.
Gaming has been delayed by DeLeo and his House supporters. That's the beginning and end of the story.
: The Editorial Page
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