From today’s Boston Globe front page story on casinos:
Massachusetts' proposed foray into gambling has set off what many are calling a casino arms-race among New England states. The New Hampshire Legislature will take up at least eight proposals for resort-style casinos or slot machines at its four racetracks. In Maine, proponents say they have support for a new gambling facility near the Canadian border, and some are speculating about gambling in southern Maine.
In both states, opponents and proponents alike say that gambling expansion, rejected in past years, now appears increasingly likely because of mounting fears that potential gambling dollars will be lost to the Bay State… "If we don't go after the gaming dollar and we allow Massachusetts to have the gaming dollar, we'll have a big hole to fill," said New Hampshire Senator Bob Clegg, who supports limited expansion of gambling. "The only thing that will be left is the sales and income tax."