Lynch Vows Gambling Veto

Nov 14, 2011

Governor John Lynch promises to veto any bill that would allow casinos or similar forms of gambling in the state.

Governor Lynch struck preemptively.  In a letter to the Republican leaders in the House and Senate, he said more gambling would increase social service costs and, with casinos likely to come to Massachusetts,  fail to raise as much revenue as backers predict.

The governor’s spokesman, Colin Manning said furthermore, any expansion will lead to proliferation.

“These types of legislation in the past talked about expanded gambling in one location, then it grew to two and it grew from there before a bill had even passed a body of the legislature.”

House Majority Leader DJ Bettencourt called Lynch’s move a slap in the face to the thousands of people unemployed in the state.