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Deadline near, state gaming panel seats unfilled

Pay level may be narrowing candidate field

A number of potential candidates have bowed out of contention for a position on the state’s new gambling commission, leaving four of the five spots still open less than a month before the deadline for making the appointments.

Some candidates for a seat on the powerful Massachusetts Gaming Commission have been put off by what they see as relatively low pay - $112,500 a year - for a high-profile job that is expected to receive intense public scrutiny. Members will pick the winning proposals for up to three gambling resorts and one slot parlor and write the regulations governing them.

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