Casinos in Massachusetts: Could they help the economy?

What happens in Vegas is supposed to stay there, but casinos may soon be coming to Massachusetts.

Faced with persistent budget gaps, Bay State officials are eyeing casinos to bring in fresh revenue and jobs. A stalemate between Gov. Deval Patrick and the legislature, however, means the casinos aren't a done deal, and supporters and opponents are making their voices heard.

We want to hear your voice, too. Regardless of your personal feelings about gambling, do you think it's right for a state government to turn to gambling to balance the budget and boost the economy? From what you've seen, do casinos help or hurt the local economy?

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