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Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts has received criticism for putting casino revenue money in the budget that ends in 2009. One group has sided with the Governor on the issue.
The Massachusetts AFL-CIO, a powerful local labor union has joined forces with the Governor. They are trying to get legislators to vote on a proposal from Patrick.
“Most people in this commonwealth are aware of the fact that we are a very politically able organization,” said Robert Haynes, the President of the labor union.
The union is joining the fight because of the potential impact that casino gambling could have on the state. It is projected that between 20,000 and 30,000 permanent jobs could be brought to the area from casino expansion. That does not even count the temporary jobs that would be created for the building of the casinos.
“We have over the years been rather successful in electing candidates to office…that share our values and principles, …we are going to use our political strength and our political programs in the legislative process now,” said Haynes.
The majority of their efforts will go towards getting lawmakers to take a vote on the Patrick proposal.