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Casino Bill Approved by Legislators; Provides Less in Local Aid

The revised casino bill sent to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature Wednesday afternoon would send about $15 million less to local communities, diverting the money instead to the state's horse racing industry.

After numerous last-minute changes, a bill that would allow up to three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts was approved Wednesday afternoon and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature.

The bill includes some changes from previous versions approved separately by the state House of Representatives and state Senate. In the final bill, lawmakers agreed to divert funds from casino profits to the state's horse racing industry, according to the Boston Globe. The amount is estimated at $15 million, and otherwise would have gone to .

Milford could potentially be a host site. A developer, David Nunes, has said he plans to file an application for a casino license on property to the east of Interstate 495, near Holliston and Hopkinton, if the legislature authorizes casino gambling.

As a backup, Nunes tried earlier this year to , which failed a legal test.

The final version of the casino bill would retain a requirement that the host community get a referendum vote on whether to approve it.

Milford residents appear to be divided on the merits of a casino, and reader comments are any gauge.

don mcelman November 18, 2011 at 02:13 PM
Is this for real, that $15 million will be diverted from the casino profits to another part of the gaming industry at the expense of cities & towns? Shoring up failing horse racing gamblers is like trying to save a boat anchor with a life preserver. Or is this charade more of the Bacon Hill Boys enhancing their own financial positions at the expense of local aid? Haven't we had enough of this behavior, & isn't this exactly what OWS is complaining about?

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