Just in from the Globe MetroDesk:
House and Senate leaders have just announced an agreement on a bill to expand gaming in Massachusetts that would authorize three resort casinos and a pair of slot parlors at the state’s racetracks.
One casino would be located in each of three regions across the state — east, southeast and west. Two licenses to operator slot parlors would go to the state’s racetracks.
Lawmakers estimate the gambling could generate $300 million in licensing fees for the state. It was not immediately clear what the annual taxes on racing facilities would generate.
The story continues to unfold – stay tuned.
UPDATE from Globe MetroDesk at 7:55pm:
“I cannot support this bill in its current form,” the governor said in a statement issued just minutes after House and Senate leaders announced that they had agreed to legislation that would authorize three resort casinos as well as slot parlors at two of the state’s racetracks.