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The state of Massachusetts is in the same position that most states are these days, they have legalized certain forms of gambling that the government can control, such as the lottery and bingo, but have not taken the next step, casino gambling.
In the next week Governor Deval Patrick is set to release his findings into whether the state should support the legalization of casino gambling.
The state is in a better position than it was financially a few years ago, so money, although enticing, will not be the only motivating factor to whether or not to support the form of gambling.
The central issue in the state is whether to put slot machines into their racetracks in Plainville, Revere, and Taunton-Raynham.
This is where the split in politicians comes in, some want to allow the racetracks to have the slot machines to generate more money and jobs, while others believe the state should hold out and allow the racetracks to bid on the right to have the slot machines.
Massachusetts is like most states in that their morals seem to arise only in times of non economic crisis, so the outcome of the debate in this state could most likely be drawn out for a long time, or at least until the budget takes a hit strong enough that the issue of allowing casino gambling becomes a valuable option.