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.