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City Council should opt now to allow citywide casino vote

MAYOR MENINO wants a resort casino at Suffolk Downs. Powerful members of the state Legislature want one, too. But before a proposal is put on the table, and political muscle starts being exerted, the Boston City Council should vote now to ensure that all voters have a say on a critical issue for the city’s future.

The blueprints being drawn up by Suffolk Downs and the casino company Caesars Entertainment Corp. call for a hotel and casino at the East Boston track, which has been hurt by the long-term decline of horse racing. The track’s owners and their supporters played a major role lobbying for the state gambling law that Governor Patrick signed last month, amid hopes that a casino can turn around its fortunes.

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