On Monday, Massuchusetts Gov. Deval Patrick proposed licensing three full-scale casinos in Massachusetts.
Under the plan, the casinos would be distributed in the western, southeastern and greater metropolitan Boston regions of the state. The licenses would be put up for bid in a competitive process open to Indian tribes and casino companies.
The Legislature must approve expanding legalized gambling beyond the state lottery and four racetracks.
Patrick said the casinos would generate more than $2 billion annually and create "good jobs at good wages."
"With that kind of economic benefit, we cannot reject the gaming industry out of hand," he said.