Shift in attitudes allows Massachusetts to embrace gambling

07/29/2010 | Wall Street Journal, The

Massachusetts has shed its puritanical roots as the legislature works toward crafting a casino bill for the state. "The cultural and ethical resistance has slowly been worn down as we've gone through this financial crisis," said Steve Crosby, dean of the McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. A Massachusetts governor first proposed casinos in the early 1990s when Foxwoods Resort Casino opened in Connecticut.

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