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 a good amount of voting occurring across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks within 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 arrived in the city of West Springfield, where there was a proposition to build an $800 million tricky Rock casino. The casino was likely to be one of many competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that project ended up being dealt just what could be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West Springfield decided to reject the plan in a general public referendum. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming away against the project versus just 3,413 for this. The loss came as a surprise to many, as the campaign saw supporters regarding the casino drastically outspend opponents.
That rejection narrows the competition for the sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. At the brief moment, it appears that only two applicants have a chance at that permit: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal that would be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposition still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters. (suite…)