MASSACHUSETTS: Two casino proposals are facing key votes. Residents of the East Boston neighborhood and the city of Revere will decide whether to allow Suffolk Downs to go forward with its bid for a $1 billion casino at the 78-year-old thoroughbred race track. Voters in Palmer will decide on a casino proposed by Mohegan Sun.
NEW YORK: New Yorkers will decide whether to authorize seven casinos in a hotly contested referendum that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has bet on heavily to help revive the economy and provide tax revenue for schools. Opposing the measure is an unusual mix of conservatives, religious leaders, liberal good-government groups and newspaper editorials. They say the toll on families and communities is too high.
East Boston said nix and Revere said yea. So Suffolk Downs will have to try to wedge its gaming ideas into the Revere end of its plat.
Which doesn't alter Wynn's plans any. Everett already said yes to them. The only question is whether Boston will approve any building over the line into their ridiculous sliver of the riverside (which isn't necessary but might make things cleaner).
And whether the state will be able to swallow and make a decision. The commission clearly doesn't understand gaming or business in general. Ask enough stupid questions and you find out you're giving a license to human beings and they aren't all Urkel.