After Referendum Defeats, Patrick Stands By Gaming Law

Gov. Deval Patrick is standing by Massachusetts’ casino gaming law. That’s despite defeats in local casino referendums in Milford Ttuesday and East Boston and Palmer earlier this month.

Patrick says the law is working as it was intended, to allow communities to accept or reject a casino deal.

“I think this is something we can do well if we do it the right way,” Patrick says. “I think the framework of the legislation is the right framework. This has never been central to our economic growth strategy. It’s – for most people – harmless entertainment.”

Patrick notes that while Milford voters overwhelmingly rejected a foxwoods casino, a Springfield proposal passed easily this summer.

Meanwhile, a recount of the casino referendum in Palmer, which lost by 93 votes, is scheduled for next Tuesday.

State House News Service contributed to this report.