[Ed. – If nothing else, isn’t this nepotism?]
Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s bill to clear the way for a $1 billion tribal gaming resort is meeting with resistance not only from locals who don’t want a casino, but also from a struggling Massachusetts city that does.
Brockton Mayor William Carpenter said the Warren legislation on behalf of the Masphee Wampanoag tribe would destroy his community’s plans for a casino, a project designed to bring badly needed jobs and economic development to the blue-collar burg.
“Year after year we’re running multimillion-dollar deficits in our budget. We’ve laid off school teachers for three years in a row,” Mr. Carpenter said. “We desperately need the revenue.”
He spent six hours Tuesday on Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to defeat the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Reservation Reaffirmation Act, which would override a federal judge’s decision last year blocking the tribe’s plans for a luxury casino and resort in East Taunton.
Only three casino licenses are slated to be awarded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, each in different regions of the state. Brockton and East Taunton are located less than 20 miles apart in the southeastern sector.