Rush Street Gaming: Crime, Fines & Broken Promises

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Slots Myths Busted

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Crime Impact Report – “Does Not Support” Proposed Location
Gary J. Gemme, Chief of Police, City of Worcester

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Commissioner of Public Health’s Report on Slot Machine Gaming 5/7/13
Michael P. Hirsh, MD, Chief of Pediatric Surgery & Trauma, UMass Memorial Medical Center

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The Research Bureau: Should Worcester Welcome A Slot-Machine Casino

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What Gambling Addiction Does to Families
David F. D’Alessandro, retired Chairman & CEO of John Hancock Financial Services, Boston Globe
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Smart City. Smart Choice.
Worcester Economic Development Presentation

Michael O’Brien, City Manager, & Timothy McGourthy, Chief Development Officer

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Gambling addiction rates double among populations that live within 50 miles of a casino.National Impact Gambling Study Commision 1999

Slots addiction rate is 3 to 4 times faster than other gambling addiction rates.Natasha Schull MIT Professor Addiction by Design 2012

Proximity of casinos is strongly correlated with increase in personal bankruptcies.The Research Bureau 2013

So many children have been left in parked cars at Foxwoods Casino lots that managers had to post signs and distribute pamphlets warning parents not to leave children unattended.Tribe Bets Growth Newsday, 8/11/97

On average, by fifth year of casino opening:
136% increase in robberies
– 91% increase in aggravated assault
– 78% increase in auto theft
– 50% increase in burglary
– 21% increase in rape
Economists David Mustard & Earl Grinois
Baylor University Study

Las Vegas has the nation’s highest suicide rate – twice the national average.Natasha Schull MIT Professor Addiction by Design 2012


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