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Casinos are making a mess of Massachusetts already. And they're doing their best to keep it from public view.

So they are spreading disinformation to ensure their profits are protected. Our goal is to make sure you have the facts you need to make an informed decision. We've assembled fact sheets on a number of topics for you to use.

The following fact sheets are designed for you to share with neighbors, family, and friends. Evidence shows, the more voters learn about casinos, the more likely they are to vote yes this fall. We know you can't un-ring the bell or forget the negative impacts of this predatory industry. 

Over the next couple weeks we'll be adding fact sheets on a variety of topics that you can read, print, and share with others. Have a topic area that interests you? Let us know.

 

  • FACTS: We know casinos here won't be true global destinations like Las Vegas or Macau. Smaller venues like Reno and Atlantic City are desperately trying to rebrand - to cast themselves as hubs for industries where Massachusetts is already a leader, such as high tech. We don't need a crystal ball to see what the future would be like with casinos; look no further than Connecticut, Rhode Island and Detroit to see the truth of the Federal Reserve's analysis – casinos come with "little secondary economic impact."

  • FACTS: Tax revenue will at best have a miniscule impact on state and local budgets. The highest tax scenario illustrated by the MGC would prove to be about 1.5 percent of Massachusetts' budget. Meanwhile the lottery, which provides local aid to towns, is expected to take a big hit. Gov. Patrick initially predicted a 12 percent drop in lottery profits, while others have estimated as high as a 26 percent drop in the funds that are directly reinvested in the Commonwealth.

  • FACTS: If the lottery takes the minimum expected hit of 10 percent from the introduction of casinos and slots, state lottery transferred as state aid to towns and cities will be reduced by about $90 million, according to a Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce report.

  • FACTS: Casinos will hurt local restaurants, hotels and entertainment businesses. Money that would otherwise be spent at locally-owned small businesses will instead fall into predatory slot machines owned by out-of-state corporations. Massachusetts dollars will be shipped across the country to wealthy owners and investors, and little of that money is being reinvested in the local community.

    To the extent that people do travel to Massachusetts for a resort-style casino, they'll stay at a casino hotel, eat at casino restaurants, and go to casino-sponsored entertainment events. Casinos drain money from the local economy.

  • FACTS: There is a misconception that new casinos in Massachusetts will essentially serve existing gamblers who already frequent casinos in other states. Actually, the gambling industry's business model relies on problem and pathological gamblers for the bulk of its revenue. New gamblers will be created, along with more problem and pathological gamblers.

    During the Pennsylvania Gaming Congress & Mid-Atlantic Racing Forum in early 2011, state gambling operators confessed that their most lucrative players were local citizens losing money at the casino five times a week.

  • FACTS: Gambling is a form of entertainment for some, and a way of life for too many. Revenues from addicted and problem gamblers provide greater than 50 percent of all casino revenues. The casino industry depends on people "playing to extinction." When casinos move into town, their parlors often become too close for comfort, an all too easy temptation. Slots, for example, are designed to psychologically prey upon the user. The business model is centered around reaping profits from addicted users.

  • FACTS: For 30 years, legislators debated various casino bills, always voting against legalizing gambling. Then, the state found itself with three pro-casino advocates filling three of the highest ranking seats in the state government - Governor Deval Patrick, House Speaker Robert DeLeo and Senate President Therese Murray. All of whom, it would later be revealed, would not want a casino in their own backyards. Meanwhile, the gambling industry pumped $11.4 million into lobbying efforts on Beacon Hill in the five years leading up to the 2011 vote to legalize casinos.

  • FACTS: In neighboring Rhode Island, slots were supposed to save the track, but racing remained a revenue loser, and when the casino filed for bankruptcy, the racing component was quickly jettisoned as unprofitable. Similar scenarios are unfolding around the country.

  • FACTS: Massachusetts voters have not yet had the chance to cast their votes on whether they want casinos in our state. Thanks to a Supreme Judicial Court ruling fought for by the Repeal the Casino Deal campaign, voters will have the opportunity to cast a vote on the ballot referendum on Nov. 4. A handful of cities and towns have voted on whether or not to host casinos. Residents of surrounding cities and towns, often closely abutting proposed casinos have had no vote whatsoever.

  • FACTS: Actually, slot parlors are even worse than casinos for the economy and for the folks who gamble with them. About 10 percent of the people who sit down to gamble at slots account for about 90 percent of the parlor's profit. The industry is relying on those 10 percent who become addicted. This is regressive in nature. Slots also bring very few jobs, as they are mechanical, and are a source for money to be sucked from the local and regional economies.

  • FACTS: By the industry's own estimates, casinos will bring no more than 8,689 jobs here, most not created until 2017 and many temporary, part-time/entry-level positions with a 40 percent turn-over rate. That number includes laid-off casino workers coming from Atlantic City and Connecticut who will be more attractive hires because they require no training.

  • FACTS: Simply untrue. It's estimated that Massachusetts residents contributed approximately $93 million to the Connecticut treasury in CY 2009 as a result of gambling. This is close to the amount we would lose with an expected 10% hit to the lottery. Other costs associated with expanded gambling are seldom factored into gambling export figures. To establish casinos and slot parlors in Massachusetts would require a new multi-million dollar regulatory bureaucracy in excess of $20 million. Increased crime, impacts to communities and the need for social services also greatly increase costs. Negative effects on local businesses reduce tax revenue. If tribal casinos are established, there will be further lost tax revenues as well as increased legal costs associated with Indian affairs.

  • FACTS: Responsible for the bulk of a casinos profits, slot machines are deliberately programmed to keep players at the machine longer, losing more money, and often losing track of time. Every year the technology employed by slot machine manufacturers becomes more insidious and powerful, affecting the brain in ways that are not unlike a narcotic. Some neuroscientists refer to modern slot machines as the crack cocaine of gambling. Gambling addiction that once took a decade or more to develop now occurs very quickly behind the slots.

  • FACTS: We've seen construction workers return to jobs on major public and private contracts throughout the Commonwealth. State job experts predict we will see a net increase of about 15,042 construction jobs by the close of 2015.

  • FACTS: While our communities, especially urban and middle class areas, are expected to watch their local aid sink, MGM Springfield would scoop up $109 million and the slots at Penn National would pull in $15 million, all in personal profits. Of course, tax breaks from the state and locally will contribute to their profits. This, while the state pays to mitigate the negative impacts associated with casino gambling: traffic, addiction, crime, and more.

  • FACTS: The Massachusetts State Lottery is the most successful lottery in the country. In Fiscal Year 2012, the Lottery returned over $983 million in net profit to the Commonwealth, of which over $883.7 million in unrestricted direct local aid was distributed to the 351 cities and towns. That is more than twice the amount of money that the two Connecticut casinos, combined, returned in revenue to the state.

    Money spent in casinos goes into the pockets of billionaire casino investors. Money spent on the Mass State Lottery goes directly back to the residents of Massachusetts.

  • FACTS: Massachusetts has recovered from the recession far better than states with casinos - just look at the numbers. Our unemployment rate was 5.8 percent in August, far below Rhode Island's nation's worst (7.9 percent) and other casino states like New Jersey (6.6 %), Connecticut (6.7 %) and Nevada (7.7 %). Our resilient Commonwealth has already added 131,000 jobs since the 2011 casino law passed and will continue to add 45,000 to 50,000 jobs each year through 2017 in vibrant industries such as finance, tech, health care and higher education.

  • FACTS: Noting an oversaturation of the Northeast casino market, Moody's has recently downgraded the casino industry to a "poor" rating. Oversaturation is a real problem for the casino industry. The region is expected to soon have over 75 casinos in the same geographical area where there were 12 in the 1990s. With endless casino options in nearby states, we cannot expect to recapture the money that is now spent in casinos outside of Massachusetts.

  • FACTS: The Commonwealth's tax and excise fee collections have grown steadily since FY2009 and are on target to exceed $24.3 billion in FY2014. That means Massachusetts is expected to pull in $6 billion more in tax revenue than in FY2008. These taxes are derived largely from real economic growth that puts money into the economy and drives increased earnings for small businesses and employees, increasing income tax revenue, and new consumer spending, increasing sales tax revenue.

  • FACTS: Revenue is only good revenue if it is a net profit and does not harm the people and society of the Commonwealth. Predatory gambling revenues are not guaranteed to produce a net profit, and in fact will cost the Commonwealth with their ill effects on society.

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