They know that Indian gaming will bring with it:
- Lower revenues for state coffers
- Delayed jobs due to required federal legislation and administrative hurdles
- Loss of local jurisdiction over law enforcement, zoning and taxes
If the Malaysian gaming giant Genting wants a piece of Massachusetts gambling, let them bid on it against the other developers. If they win, they can pay taxes, obey local laws and help put Massachusetts back to work. They don't need a questionable band of Indians with a history of corruption to make billions here. The slot machine industry will still make hundreds of millions too, just not quite as many, with regulated machines paying license fees and sales tax to the state when sold to Genting or whomever ends up winning fair, open and competitive bids.
As for the Wampanoag, the tribe will be better off without the debt load and ridding themselves of the likes of Cedric Cromwell who will certainly flee the moment casino money promises dry up. Cromwell, who has more English blood than Native American and only found his Wampanoag roots in the 1980's, is laughably now asserting a a "12,000 year" ancestral "right" run a gaming operation in Massachusetts. Perhaps he'll take that argument next to his father's native homeland in Nova Scotia and set up his casino there.