Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote

Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote

The MGM Springfield is one possible casino coming to Massachusetts in the long run; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week

This week that is past a great amount of voting taking place across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects within the state. The outcomes were split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.

Hard Rock Hits the Skids

The larger vote came in the city of West Springfield, where there had been a proposition to build an $800 million rough Rock casino. The casino had been likely to be one of many competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.

But that task had been dealt what might 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 here voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming down from the project versus just 3,413 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, because the campaign saw supporters associated with the casino opponents that are drastically outspend.

That rejection narrows the competition for the sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. At the moment, it would appear that only two applicants have actually a chance at that license: an MGM task in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that might be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters. Read more

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