Several political observers point out that DiMasi has opposed two previous ideas for new revenue — closing corporate tax loopholes and allowing cities and towns to tax meals and hotel rooms.
A third “no” vote, on a plan that could bring as much as $500 million of revenue to the state each year, could get DiMasi painted as a steadfast opponent of plans that could lower property taxes.
Obververs say odds are good that DiMasi would give up his staunch opposition, in favor of negotiating how the state will control gaming. If so, Patrick will have shifted the entire casino debate in Massachusetts from “whether” to “how.”
: Talking Politics
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