Public forum roundly endorses slots at Plainridge

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One after another, state and local officials, residents, businesspeople, and a senior citizen went to the microphone at a public meeting Tuesday to tell members of the state Gaming Commission that they want a slot machine parlor in Plainville.

They said the plans by Penn National Gaming Inc. will not only be a boon to the small town by boosting revenue, but will reenergize small businesses and shops and save harness racing at the last track in the state where it is still operating.

More than 75 people packed the meeting hosted by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in Wrentham to hear input from area residents about Penn National’s plans to build a slots parlor at the Plainridge Racecourse off Interstate 495 and Route 1.

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