Dear XXX,Now, here's why Kim's being so shortsighted.
Thanks to you, our campaign is picking up speed.
On October 29, the Massachusetts Legislature's Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies will take testimony on the benefits of resort-style gaming.
This is a huge development -- and a sure sign that we need to keep up the momentum.
Will you write an email telling your state legislator that the Bay State needs the jobs and growth gaming will bring?
Thanks to your dedication, the Massachusetts legislature is moving towards a vote on gaming -- a major success for our campaign.
We can't let up now.
If we want thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars of new investment for our Commonwealth, we need to act.
Click the link below to tell your state legislator that Massachusetts is ready for gaming.
Thank you for all of your help,
1. Salem's worked for decades to make its downtown area kick ass. Salem attracts young professionals and many of them stay there, something most of the rest of the state wishes it did as well as Salem. Why? Because there's an awesome community there -- tons of things to do, restaurants, beaches, the wharf, the willows, downtown, etc. However, it took a lot of work to get that community -- it wasn't there to nearly the same degree when I was younger. If even 5-10% of the consumer base left, a lot of those restaurants and cool locations would bleed or go under. Where is a casino very likely to be placed? In Revere, at Suffolk Downs or Wonderland, about 10 miles away from Downtown Salem.
2. Slots and casinos would eat into the state lottery. No one has been able to refute Rep. Bosley's numbers on this -- and why? Because they're true. The state lottery takes in a billion+ a year. The bulk of it goes directly to cities and towns. Salem probably gets millions in state lottery money. Furthermore, slot taxes would be around 25%, while essentially the whole enchilada from the state lottery goes to the state. If slots eat just a little of state lottery money, because of the differences in tax rate, there's no way the state would break even. The more slots we allow, the more it eats into the state lottery, the less money goes to cities and towns.
3. I haven't even gotten into social costs, all of which would impact Salem greatly should there be a casino in Revere. Salem already has enough challenging social issues to tackle, it doesn't need a casino on its doorstep.
While slots and casinos are, in general, a lose-lose-lose, they are particularly bad for a city like Salem. It's a great city with a lot going for it, but the success of a city like Salem is always very precarious. A casino in the area would absolutely devastate the city of Salem, possibly delivering it a death blow just after its renaissance. Why does Mayor Kim Driscoll want to play with fire, when her house is made of wood?