As Newport becomes more flexible on gambling, Foxborough not so psyched
The move in Massachusetts to introduce three casinos has made Newport officials more willing to consider expanding the offerings at Newport Grand, as we noted earlier this week.
Meanwhile, the Boston Globe reports today on how public opinion in Foxborough, Massachusetts, seems aligned against adding a casino there:
Away from the emotionally charged meetings that have drawn hundreds to Foxborough High School, residents interviewed yesterday said the debate has been civil, quiet, and, well, not much of a debate. Vocal supporters of the casino proposal are hard to find in this town of nearly 17,000.
Some said they knew no one who supports the casino plan; others knew only one or two. And even then, they said, that support often amounts less to wholehearted endorsement than to a desire to learn more before dismissing a plan that could bring tax relief to the community.
States often turn to gambling as a way of generating revenue without raising taxes.
Yet the forward motion on casinos in Massachusetts will certainly have a ripple effect on nearby states, with possibly unforeseen consequences. And public opinion is likely to be a lower priority than cash and the regional casino landscape.