All eyes will be on the Massachusetts State Senate as they debate the gambling bill next week. The House, led by Speaker Robert DeLeo, passed by a substantial margin a thoughtful and well crafted bill that has taken into account the concerns that have been raised by all of the various interests connected with the proposal to legalize gambling in this state.
We urge our State Senate to act quickly on this measure and to work with the House to send a bill to the desk of Gov. Deval Patrick. Although the state’s unemployment rate is well below the national average (7.4 percent to 9.1 percent), Massachusetts still is losing jobs.
This bill will provide for many construction jobs in the short term and will create permanent jobs in the long term. Delaying action on this legislation only serves to delay a clear economic boost that will benefit all of our residents.