Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria was among a small grouping of Massachusetts mayors and town leaders who rejected the claims in a recent anti-casino study.
Some Massachusetts mayors and town executives in the state have blasted a casino research that claims resorts that are new hurt lottery profits for towns and towns there. Anti-casino advocates are employing the study to suggest that the economic advantages of adding gambling enterprises in Massachusetts have been overstated, and that voters should repeal the casino law within the November ballot that is upcoming referendum.
Based on the research, that has been released by Repeal the Casino Deal, local lottery profits could drop by as much as 22 % if the new casinos are permitted to be built. Overall, the scholarly study estimates that as much as $103 million could be lost as consumers who used to relax and play the lottery turn instead to gambling enterprises.
Mayors, Town Officials Reject Study
However a group led by Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria, Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno and Plainville Town Administrator Joseph Fernandes (all of whom lead towns and towns where casinos and slot parlors have been authorized) is rejecting these figures, saying that other analysts came up with entirely different results. Based on the leaders that are municipal any lottery losses could be short-term, and would be more than offset by the new revenues introduced by the casinos.
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