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Republicans in the Massachusetts are looking to introduce a budget amendment that will legalize online gambling within the state.
The same move had been attempted earlier this year, but met with an abrupt end as the amendment was wiped from the state'es budget.
Under the terms of the bill, gaming operators would have to pay a $300,000 application fee, and would be taxed at a 20% rate. Furthermore, punters would have to be at least 21 in order to play games and collect winnings.
The move is being seen as an attempt the the Republicans to create jobs and create tax revenues. Currently the state has a $33.9 billion budget that does not offer reforms for welfare and subsidy programs.
Even if the amendment gets passed into the budget, the state's Governor is vehemently against online gambling, and noted that he would "...never, ever sign a gaming expansion absent comprehensive pension reform."
The state has until the end of the month to get the state's budget done, as the state's legislative session ends on May 31st.