The estimated $35 million in annual revenue that supporters of legalized gambling say would funnel into the state treasury seems elusive as ever, if you listen to the dissenting voices on Beacon Hill and elsewhere.
While other states, including neighboring Rhode Island, New Hampshire and New York, have already authorized legalized sports betting, Massachusetts dithers, seemingly incapable of making a decision that half the states in the country already have managed to do.
The House approved sports betting last session. Gov. Charlie Baker, Sen. Eric Lesser, who chairs the Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, and almost a dozen others have put forward competing proposals they hope will gain traction early in this session.
They all offer varying forms of consumer and public-health protections.