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Flanagan files new gambling legislation - Sentinel & Enterprise

There are 66 comments on the Sentinel & Enterprise story from Jan 8, 2011, titled Flanagan files new gambling legislation - Sentinel & Enterprise. In it, Sentinel & Enterprise reports that:

Sen. Jennifer Flanagan has put to rest this week questions about whether the Legislature will consider a casino gambling bill in 2011.

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leominster

Leominster, MA

#1 Jan 8, 2011
Jen Flanahan is right we need to create jobs and building a casino will give the construction a boot instead of putting up mile marker signs and redueing the roads over and over again, if they build the casino people are closer to the casino's in mass and they can apply for jobs at the casino the employment will drop,people will be working again, that would give people extra money to spend at the casino and get it started. jen good luck you have my vote.
Dave

Fitchburg, MA

#2 Jan 8, 2011
Maybe it's time to stop spending money we don't have. Try some fiscal resposebility. I have to live within my means.
Supporter of Mayor Dino

Leominster, MA

#3 Jan 8, 2011
We need to built casinos in this state, provide 15,000+ new jobs, and additional income! Let's put the Casino's in CT and RI OUT OF BUSINESS!

Great job Jen!

Since: Apr 09

Leominster, MA

#4 Jan 8, 2011
My impression from reading the article, is gambling is more important than balancing the State budget, the probation scandal, out of control health care costs, out of control State Spending.

Fact is, both CT and RI, in spite of having gambling casinos' are still having major budget problems.

And if and when casinos come to MA, there will be a new state "Gambling Commission" created, and from past articles, this new commission will be populated by "connected people".

After all, Jen has members of her family working for the probation department...

Balance the budget first, then consider the next phase.

LM
Resident

Gardner, MA

#5 Jan 8, 2011
You nailed it, Luther.

Gambling is nothing but a tax on the poor.
Blogenburgian

Leominster, MA

#6 Jan 8, 2011
Luther Manning wrote:
My impression from reading the article, is gambling is more important than balancing the State budget, the probation scandal, out of control health care costs, out of control State Spending.
Fact is, both CT and RI, in spite of having gambling casinos' are still having major budget problems.
And if and when casinos come to MA, there will be a new state "Gambling Commission" created, and from past articles, this new commission will be populated by "connected people".
After all, Jen has members of her family working for the probation department...
Balance the budget first, then consider the next phase.
LM
Yes 15,000 new jobs, high paying for english language learners. Where's Flanagans report on our Fareast business ventures and how's Bensons plan to expand business into Mexico City going?

Well at least Flanagan can finance her goals of mental health drop-in centers with cash dervied from gambling addicts so we can build more mental health drop in centers to treat more gambling addicts so we can build more mental health drop in centers so we can..........

Eldridge is the only one who makes sense here.
Go For It

Princeton, MA

#7 Jan 8, 2011
The Casino's will keep a lot of the casino money in Massachusetts. We all know people that travel to the Foxwoods and Mohegan and Atlantic City. That's money and jobs that will stay here. The only issue I have is that it should be SMOKEFREE. Do not allow smoking since Massachusetts already has a no smoking policy in place and all the bars and restaurants manage just fine. More people will travel to come here BECAUSE OF BEING SMOKEFREE. Don't let the big tobacco companies gain steps in repealing that law. Keep everything smokefree in Massachusetts.
AAA

Athol, MA

#8 Jan 8, 2011
15k new jobs, thats a very misleading number. They are "high paying" because they take all the salaries, including the highly paid executives and get an average. Most of those so called "high paying" jobs are floor people making $10 an hour.
No Need

Leominster, MA

#9 Jan 8, 2011
So much for Jen being for the elderly! Save them the drive and pork them here!

Vegas lost tens of billions last year and in years prior to that, but why not build on here so we can join in then we too can lose more dough. Thank God this state is run by a bunch of nitwits!
Taxpayer

Princeton, MA

#10 Jan 8, 2011
AAA wrote:
15k new jobs, thats a very misleading number. They are "high paying" because they take all the salaries, including the highly paid executives and get an average. Most of those so called "high paying" jobs are floor people making $10 an hour.
To a lot of people,$10 dollars an hour is "high paying". Also keep in mind some of the jobs will be those that supply the foods there and the items in the shopping sections as well as truck drivers and shippers etc. Not all the jobs are only located in the building itself..it takes a lot of people to get things to that point.
AAA

Athol, MA

#12 Jan 8, 2011
Taxpayer wrote:
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To a lot of people,$10 dollars an hour is "high paying". Also keep in mind some of the jobs will be those that supply the foods there and the items in the shopping sections as well as truck drivers and shippers etc. Not all the jobs are only located in the building itself..it takes a lot of people to get things to that point.
I'm very well aware what a $10/hr job is to some people. But that amount you cannot survive on. My point was that a casino will bring 15k high paying (so they think) jobs is basically BS. 85% of the staff will most likely be floor people (dealers,waitstaff, security ect.)the rest are high paid managment all the way up to the CEO of the casino operators who most likely makes several million a year. Add those high salaries to get an average pay per employee it sounds high paying. What Fitchburg/Leominster area needs are jobs that pay a decent wage that comes with affordable benifits. Not a another employer that pays below poverty level wages and high priced benifits, like Walmart. My point was about the numbers. To some $10/hr is fine to most $10/hr is not going to pay the rent and put shoes on the kids.
Fizbo

Leominster, MA

#13 Jan 8, 2011
They forgot to mention the "MA Gambling Commission" which will yet another State Agency. And as shown by other State agencies, the top level management will be making 6 figure salaries.

Not to mention the legions of hacks who will be hired as they are friends of connected politicians.

And MA is proposing of taking $.60 of each dollar spent at the casinos as payment. With $.60 of each
dollar taken away away, why bother playing, with
crappy odds like that?

And Patrick signed off on a law that requires NO CORI (criminal background) checks. Imagine an ex-con dealing blackjack or counting money....

FoxWoods barely pays their staff minimum wage, as being managed by indian tribes, they are exempt from
most wage laws. And Foxwoods defaulted on their last two loan payments, and their credit rating has been lowered. Income is also way down at all 3 New England Casinos.

Even if casinos are built, it will take at least 1-2 years to build them. But the Race tracks will get their slot machines pronto, as they are in Speaker DeLeo's district.

Flanagan is what a radio commentator called the other day "a lemming politician". One who follows the leader and does not go against the ruling party, no matter what.

The fact that she supported Sal DiMassi and
Finneran, who are both criminals, says a lot.

The #1 priority should be BALANCING the BUDGET, not
looking for more ways to spend the supposed $350+ million per year that gambling would generate.

Money, especially taxpayers money, does not grow on
trees.

For once, Eldridge is right, and Flanagan is wrong.
Dude

Leominster, MA

#14 Jan 8, 2011
If they do open a casino I hope to be the first to open a local shuttle bus company. That way I can bring grey haired lady's to the casino to waste their retirement and then file for fuel assistance.
Resident

Gardner, MA

#15 Jan 8, 2011
And who do you think will head up the MA gambling commission?

Tim Cahill come on down. Governor Patrick will reward Timmy handsomely for his third place finish in the Governors race.
leominster

Leominster, MA

#16 Jan 8, 2011
The eledery like the casinos, thats what most like to do, wait to you get old, what else is there to do beside playing cards, also this is how life is not fair to everybody and can't please everyone.
AAA

Athol, MA

#17 Jan 8, 2011
If anyone thinks a casino or several for that matter is going to help the unemployed or improve the MA economy, think again. It will be at least 3 to 5 years before ground is broken and that is if only everything goes smoothly. Just because the state approves a casino doesn't mean a city or town will, then there are zoning issues, lawsuits and there will be many. So many people will come out of the woodwork to protest, religious groups, envirmentalists ect. The MA won't see a casino for another 6 to 10 years from now.
AAA

Athol, MA

#18 Jan 8, 2011
sorry for any spelling or grammar errors, in a rush
Lynch for Mayor

Fitchburg, MA

#19 Jan 8, 2011
Hopefully Jenifer will put in Fitchburg as a posible location. Brian Joyce is a good guy. Jack Hart, I feel should run for Governor next time around. I'd like to see Jack Hart and Murray on the same ticket.

In reference to the casinos, I feel that it is long overdue. I would say no to slots at the racetracks! I believe that a casino in Fitchburg would be a great location and really good for business development in the area.

As far as the elderly liking to gamble; I really do not notice the majority of gamblers as elderly. A casino in Fitchburg could hold a massive bingo on new Years. Bingo is affordable and fun.

The only thing that concerns me is the fact that Jenifer is from leominster. I hope that she doesn't recomend Leominster as this would seriously hurt Fitchburg. Hopefully Fitchburg politicians have put a proposal on the table for Fitchburg to be chosen as one of the three locations.

The infrastructure in Fitchburg plays in real well with a casino proposal. We have a small airport to bring in big gamblers. We have an infrastructure to accomodate a casino through soon to be two commuter rail stops. We have a bridge that resembles the Zakim for promotion. Tourist can visit our many art gallerys'. We have cocoa keys implanted in Fitchburg where I am sure their adult guest would enjoy a night out at the casino.

Now if we just add a connector then it is a no brainer! Hotels will be built inside Fitchburg and restaurants ect..



Resident

Gardner, MA

#20 Jan 8, 2011
Where would you put a casino/resort in Fitchburg?
Blogenburgian

Leominster, MA

#21 Jan 8, 2011
Resident wrote:
Where would you put a casino/resort in Fitchburg?
Next to the crack and oar houses. Just what we need from these political hacks.

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