Massachusetts slot plan may make come back

May 13, 2008 7:00 PM

by Ray Poirier | Maybe Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick knows more than he is telling publicly. But there is no question that he expects the legislature to once again consider his proposal for three casino licenses.

The measure was strongly defeated when it was first voted on earlier this year. But, said proponents, that resulted from strong opposition from the powerful Speaker of the House, Salvatore DiMasi.

In recent weeks, DiMasi’s power has been diminishing with allegations of ethical lapses. Still DiMasi insists he is not leaving his post but at least on two occasions Gov. Patrick has indicated a suspicion the Speaker might leave.

A strong supporter of the casino plan, Patrick recently said he felt "the plan may yet come back in the legislature. I acknowledge it’s hard but the gains outweigh the costs."