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Don Berwick on Local Issues

 


Opposes casino gambling; costs are too high

I was the first 2014 Gubernatorial candidate to oppose continuing to allow casinos to enter our Commonwealth, and the first to endorse the ballot initiative now proposed to repeal the casino law.

I did not take that step lightly. I am well aware of the dire need in Massachusetts to expand job opportunities throughout the state and of the hope in some quarters that casinos will bring both employment and new revenues to our strapped state budget. Nonetheless, I believe, the costs are simply too high for this to be the best step for our state.

I don't believe that we should be teaching our children that economic development is best achieved through gambling institutions. Instead, we should invest in helping our communities develop and thrive, making Massachusetts a more attractive place to do business, and training our workers for the high-tech jobs of the 21st century.

Source: 2014 Gubernatorial campaign website, BerwickForGovernor.com , Feb 1, 2014

Supports offshore wind farms

Berwick said he supports offshore wind farms, clean energy policies, and reducing the use of carbon fuels to address global climate change.
Source: Walpole Times on 2014 Massachusetts Governor race , Jan 25, 2014


Don Berwick on Casino Gambling

Casino gambling cannibalizes the Lottery and costs jobs

Dr. Donald Berwick, a pediatrician and former Medicare and Medicaid administrator under Obama, also sought to differentiate himself from the pack with his support for single-payer health care and his opposition to casino gambling.

A Suffolk University poll released Monday showed that only 37 percent of likely voters now support casino gambling in Massachusetts. "It's time to backpedal," Berwick said.

While the other four candidates said they would oppose repeal if the Supreme Judicial Court certifies a question for the November ballot, Berwick said casinos would not only "cannibalize" the Lottery and cost the state jobs but also lead to addiction and medical health problems for the population. "Frankly, I do not understand why my opponents are not joining me," Berwick said.

Source: WWLP 22-News on 2014 Massachusetts gubernatorial debate , Jun 10, 2014

Only Democrat in race to oppose Gaming Act

Like most of the Democratic candidates in the race, Grossman supports building casinos in the state, saying they will create decent jobs and benefits for 15,000 construction and hospitality workers and bring in $300 million in additional revenue annually

Among the Democrats, only Don Berwick has supported the repeal of the 2011 Gaming Act, which approved three regional casinos and one slots parlor in the state. Republican front-runner Charlie Baker also has backed repeal of the act.

Source: Wicked Local Brookline on 2014 Massachusetts governor's race , Feb 14, 2014

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MA Gubernatorial:
Bill Weld
Charlie Baker
Dan Wolf
Deval Patrick
Karyn Polito
Martha Coakley
Marty Walsh
Steve Grossman
Tom Menino
MA Senatorial:
Brian Herr
Bruce Skarin
Ed Markey
Elizabeth Warren
Gabriel Gomez
John Kerry
Martha Coakley
Mo Cowan

Gubernatorial Debates 2014:
AL: Bentley(R) vs.Griffith(D)
AR: Ross(D) vs.Hutchinson(R) vs.Griffin(R,Lt.Gov.)
AZ: Ducey(R) vs.DuVal(D) vs.Mealer(AE) vs.Gilbert(L) vs.Riggs(R)
CA: Brown(D) vs.Kashkari(R)
CO: Hickenlooper(D) vs.Beauprez(R) vs.Tancredo(R) vs.Hess(L)
CT: Malloy(D) vs.Foley(R) vs.Walker(R,Lt.Gov.)
FL: Scott(R) vs.Crist(D) vs.Snitker(L,Lt.Gov.)
GA: Deal(R) vs.Carter(D) vs.Hunt(L)
HI: Ige(D) vs.Aiona(R) vs.Abercrombie(D)
IA: Branstad(R) vs.Hatch(D) vs.Hoefling(R)
MA: Coakley(D) vs.Baker(R) &Polito(R,Lt.Gov.) vs.Grossman(D) vs.Berwick(D)
ME: LePage(R) vs.Michaud(D) vs.Cutler(I)
MI: Snyder(R) vs.Schauer(D)
NM: Martinez(R) vs.King(D)
NY: Cuomo(D) &Hochul(D,Lt.Gov.) vs.Astorino(R) vs.Hawkins(G) vs.Teachout(D)
OK: Fallin(R) vs.Dorman(D)
PA: Corbett(R) vs.Wolf(D) vs.Schwartz(D,lost primary) vs.Critz(D,Lt.Gov.,lost primary)
Up for re-election 2014:
AK-R: Sean Parnell
AL-R: Robert Bentley
CA-D: Jerry Brown
CO-D: John Hickenlooper
CT-D: Dan Malloy
FL-R: Rick Scott
GA-R: Nathan Deal
HI-D: Neil Abercrombie
IA-R: Terry Branstad
ID-R: Butch Otter
IL-D: Pat Quinn
KS-R: Sam Brownback
ME-R: Paul LePage
MI-R: Rick Snyder
MN-D: Mark Dayton
NH-D: Maggie Hassan
NM-R: Susana Martinez
NV-R: Brian Sandoval
NY-D: Andrew Cuomo
OH-R: John Kasich
OK-R: Mary Fallin
OR-D: John Kitzhaber
PA-R: Tom Corbett
SC-R: Nikki Haley
SD-R: Dennis Daugaard
TN-R: Bill Haslam
VT-D: Peter Shumlin
WI-R: Scott Walker
WY-R: Matt Mead

Term-Limited or Retiring 2014:
AR-D: Mike Beebe
AZ-R: Jan Brewer
MA-D: Deval Patrick
MD-D: Martin O'Malley
RI-I: Linc Chafee
TX-R: Rick Perry
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Election 2013:
New Jersey:
NJ-R: Chris Christie (won)
NJ-D: Barbara Buono (lost)
Virginia:
VA-R: Bob McDonnell(Retiring)
VA-R: Ken Cuccinelli (lost)
VA-D: Terry McAuliffe (won)

 

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