Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote
The MGM Springfield is one casino that is possible to Massachusetts in the longer term; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This week that is past lots of voting taking place across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks in the state. The outcomes were split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.
Hard Rock Hits the Skids
The bigger vote came in the city of West Springfield, where there had been a proposition to create an $800 million rough Rock casino. The casino had been expected to be one of many competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task was dealt what could be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West Springfield decided to reject the plan in a general public referendum. About 55% of voters here voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming down up against the project versus just 3,413 because of it. The loss came as a surprise to many, because the campaign saw supporters regarding the casino drastically outspend opponents.
That rejection narrows the competition for the sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it seems that only two candidates have a chance at that permit: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that might be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters. Continue reading