Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote
The MGM Springfield is one casino that is possible to Massachusetts in the long run; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This past week saw an abundance of voting occurring across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks in the state. The results had been split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.
Hard Rock Hits the Skids
The larger vote arrived in the city of West Springfield, where there had been a proposal to build an $800 million rough Rock casino. The casino had been likely to be one of many key rivals for the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that project had been dealt just what might be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western Springfield decided to reject the plan in a referendum that is public. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming away against the project versus just 3,413 because of it. The loss came as a surprise to many, since the campaign saw supporters of this casino opponents that are drastically outspend.
That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. During the moment, it appears that only two applicants have actually a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that could be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters.Read More