On the Record: Is Mass. betting too much on ‘betting?’

On the Record: Is Mass. betting too much on ‘betting?’


REPORTER: BEACON HILL IS BETTING
BIG THESE DAYS WITH THE RECENT
OPENING OF THIS STATE’S SECOND
OF WHAT SHOULD BE THREE CASINOS
JOINING THE OPEN SLOTS PARLOR, A
ROBUST LOTTERY PROGRAM, AND THE POSSIBILITY OF LEGALIZED SPORTS
GAMBLING. THE QUESTION IS, IS THE STATE
BETTING TOO MUCH ON BETTING?>>I WOULD SAY NO, BECAUSE I
THINK THAT TAX REVENUE IS GOING
TO BE GOOD.>REPORTER: WILL YOU GO TO ENCORE
NOW THAT IT IS OPEN?>NOT IF YOU DON’T GAMBLE.>>I PROBABLY WOULD ONCE JUST TO
GO THERE.>>ANY EXTRA REVENUE FOR THE
STATE IS A GOOD THING FOR THE IF
IT IS GIVING SOME PEOPLE JOBS
AND THINGS LIKE THAT, THAT IS MY
TAKE ON IT. REPORTER: DO YOU THINK THERE IS
TOO MUCH EMPHASIS ON GAMBLING?>>I THINK THERE IS, BUT YOU
HAVE TO COMPETE WITH RHODE
ISLAND AND CONNECTICUT.>>IT SEEMS LIKE EVERYBODY
GAMBLES ALL THE TIME.>>PEOPLE ARE GOING TO GAMBLE,
WHETHER THAT BE ON AN APP OR ON
THEIR COMPUTER. WHY SHOULDN’T MASSACHUSETTS GET
SOME OF THAT REVENUE? ED: ALL RIGHT, TIME FOR OUR
SUNDAY ROUNDTABLE. WE’RE JOINED BY ” BOSTON GLOBE”
COLUMNIST ADRIAN WALKER AND
REPUBLICAN ANALYST PATRICK
GRIFFIN. YOU WERE THE STATE TREASURER
THIS MORNING. IS THE STATE BECOMING TOO
RELIANT ON GAMBLING? ADRIAN: I THINK THE STATE HAS AS
MUCH GAMBLING AS IT NEEDS. I WOULDN’T SAY TO LINE, BUT IT
DOESN’T NEED MORE. PATRICK: ONE THIRD OF IT IS
COMING FROM ENCORE. THE PROBLEM IS THE PROBLEM IS
SPRINGFIELD AND LANGUAGE ARE NOT
DELIVERING IN TERMS OF REVENUE. –PLAINRIDGE ARE NOT DELIVERING
IN TERMS OF REVENUE. SHOW ME IN A YEAR WITH THE
REVENUE PICTURE LOOKS LIKE. MY NOW IT IS NEW. THE QUESTION IS IS IT
SUSTAINABLE. JANET: ONLINE SPORTS CAP LIGHT,
GOOD OR BAD? ADRIAN: GO TO. PATRICK — GOOD. PATRICK: VERY GOOD. JANET: BUS WAS ON FIRE IN
CAMBRIDGE THIS ON TOP OF “BOSTON
GLOBE’S” REPORT THAT THE CHIEF
CITY OFFICER WAS FIRED FOR
PUSHING TOO HARD FOR
TRANSPARENCY. GOVERNOR BAKER SAYS HE SUPPORTS
THE FIRING. HOW WORRIED SHOULD THE RIDES OF
THAT PARTICULAR BUS AND RIDERS
IN GENERAL WITH THE VAGRANT
ADMINISTRATION’S — BAKER
ADMINISTRATION’S RESPONSE? PATRICK: THE SAFETY CHIEF WAS
FIRED FOR OTHER REASONS, TOO. THERE WAS TALK ABOUT ALLEGEDLY
THE WAY HE WAS TREATING
SUBORDINATES AND OTHERS. THERE WERE OTHER ISSUES THERE. I THINK THAT THE AVERAGE RIDER
IS ANGRY ABOUT THIS NOT BECAUSE
OF SAFETY. SAFETY SHOULD BE A CONCERN,
JANET, NO QUESTION. THE BIG QUESTION IS RELIABILITY. THIS IS A CENTRAL PART OF HOW
YOU LIVE IN THE STATE AND WORK
IN THE CITY. IT HAS BEEN UNRELIABLE. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE
GOVERNOR HAS DONE AS MUCH AS HE
CAN DO. HE WILL STILL BE HELD
ACCOUNTABLE. NO ONE HAS ADDRESSED THIS THING
BETTER THAN BAKER IN TERMS OF
INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENT,
TRYING TO OVERHAUL THE SYSTEM,
GETTING THINGS DONE. THIS IS 50 YEARS OF COMPLETE AND
UTTER ABUSE OF ADDRESSING THIS
PROBLEM BY BOTH PARTIES AND
ADMINISTERS. — ADMINISTRATIONS. JANET: I KNOW YOU USE PUBLIC
CONFRONTATION. ADRIAN: I’M A DAILY RED LINER. JANET: HOW WORRIED ARE YOU —
ADRIAN: MY CONCERN IS MORE ABOUT
RELIABILITY THAN SAFETY. HOWEVER, HAVING AROUND ON THE T
IS A MESS, AND TO SAY THAT
GOVERNOR BAKER HAS DONE BETTER
THAN HIS PREDECESSORS IS AWFULLY
FAINT PRAISE. WE HAVE KICKED THIS CAN DOWN THE
ROAD FOR DECADES AND WE HAVE A
SYSTEM THAT PEOPLE NEED TO BE
ABLE TO RELY ON THAT IS
COMPLETELY UNRELIABLE. AS THE TRAFFIC MESS GETS WORSE
BY THE DAY AND TRANSPORTATION IS
A NINE-YEAR IN EVERY WAY, WE
NEED A T THAT FUNCTIONS. THE GOVERNMENT WANTS TO TAKE THE
MONEY THAT HE KNOWS WON’T FIX
ANYTHING IS NOT ENOUGH. ED: LET’S EXTEND INTO ACCOUNT
ABILITY. THE TRANSPORTATION SECRETARY HAS
THE GOVERNOR’S. OR AND THERE ARE QUESTIONS ABOUT
THE DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR
VEHICLE’S LACK OF ATTENTION. WAS THE GOVERNOR’S FACE IN HER
— FAITH IN HER WELL-PLACED? ADRIAN: I THINK IT IS
EXAGGERATED. LOOK AT THE REGISTRY. THEY ARE NOT OPENING THE MAIL
FROM OTHER STATES THAT SHOWS
WHAT DRIVERS SHOULD BE
SUSPENDED. HUNDREDS OF DRIVERS ARE BASIS
ENDED AND THE NUMBER GOES UP BY
THE DAY. IT IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS. ED: SHOULD THE RESPONSIBILITY
FOR THAT REACH THE TREASURY
SECRETARY? ADRIAN: ABSOLUTELY. SHE OVERSEES THE MBTA, SHE
OVERSEES THE REGISTRY. HER SECRETARY IS ON FIRE AND IT
IS ALWAYS SOMEONE ELSE’S FAULT. PATRICK: IT IS A REAL PROBLEM
AND IT IS VERY, VERY HARD —
MIGHT YOUR CUTERA — YOGI BERRA
LINE IN POLITICS, WHO ARE YOU
GOING TO BELIEVE, ME OR YOUR
LYING EYES? GOVERNOR BAKER OWNS THIS. THE REPORT IN 60 DAYS, THE
ANSWER TO THAT QUESTION, WHY IS
IN THE MAIL GETTING OPENED, WHY
AREN’T WE SHARING THESE ISSUES
WITH REGARDS TO COMMERCIAL
DRIVERS AND PROBLEMS? THEY HAVE CREATED THIS DEPUTY
REGISTRAR THAT DEALS PRECISELY
WITH THESE ISSUES. IT HAS GOT TO GET FIXED, BECAUSE
THE FINISH OF THE DAY —
ED: THAT IS REACTIVE. THEY HAVE TO BE PROACTIVE. JANET: IS POLLOCK RESPONSIBLE? PATRICK: LISTEN, I WILL DEFER TO
THE GOVERNOR ON THAT. KNOWING CHARLIE BAK

3 thoughts on “On the Record: Is Mass. betting too much on ‘betting?’”

  1. i think i'll stick to working and saving my money to acquire wealth…gambling is losing! It's like a drug for many people

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