Tuesday, August 23, 2011

House Minority Leader’s Statement on the Filing of Legislation to Bring Casinos to Massachusetts

House Minority Leader Bradley H. Jones, Jr. issued the following statement today in response to legislation being filed to bring expanding gaming to the Commonwealth:

“Having been a long-time proponent of bringing expanding gaming to Massachusetts, I believe resort-style casinos stand to bring both economic growth and development to the state. Not only will the Commonwealth as a whole benefit from the influx of revenue, but residents of the Bay State stand to benefit from the jobs that will come as a result of the gaming industry establishing itself here in Massachusetts.

I am, however, quite frankly disappointed to have received more information regarding the proposed legislation from members of the media, rather than from my colleagues across the aisle.

I look forward to an in-depth and transparent review of the legislation as proposed by the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and remain hopeful that the process going forward will make up for the shortcomings of the process thus far.”