Massachusetts & Rhode Island Voting Issues Made Simple

new-election-day-2016jpgTwo very important votes tomorrow will shape the casino landscape in New England’s constantly evolving expansion.  A lot has been said and written, pro & con. So, here are the ballot questions, simplified. 

This post is inspired, with quotations and material previously supplied by Channel 12, WPRI Eyewitness News.  The full article can be found clicking on Campaign 2016: RI & Mass Ballot Questions.

RHODE ISLAND QUESTION #1 – Authorizes State-operated casino gaming in Tiverton

Proposed Tiverton Casino

Proposed Tiverton Casino

Rhode Island voters casting their ballots tomorrow will decide whether or not they want a new casino to be built in Tiverton. If the question is approved by voters, Newport Grand will be moved to a new facility 400 feet from the Massachusetts border. The measure will need approval on a statewide and Tiverton resident approval to move forward.

PRO – “Approval of a casino in Tiverton will help offset state revenue lost to new and existing casinos in Massachusetts.”

CON – the Ocean State has since become dependent on a revenue source widely known to be on the decline. Tiverton say NIMBY to you. (Not In My Back Yard)


Suffolk Downs, Revere MA

Suffolk Downs, Revere MA, where an additional slot parlor would be built if approved.

A YES VOTE would permit the state Gaming Commission to license one additional slot-machine gaming establishment at a location that meets certain conditions specified in the law.  A NO VOTE would make no change in current laws regarding gaming.

PRO – Voting YES allows one additional slots parlor in Massachusetts, providing millions of dollars to Massachusetts communities and creating thousands of jobs.

CON – Vote “No” to postpone the question of gambling expansion until a review of the costs and benefits of existing Massachusetts gaming establishments is completed.”

There it is – simple, right?  

Don’t tell that to the communities impacted the most – Tiverton, RI and Revere, MA.  There is a lot at stake for the residents of both towns.  NETG hopes this helps.