Massachusetts Swings Both 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 week that is past a great amount of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects in the state. The results were 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 proposition to create an $800 million intense Rock casino. The casino ended up being anticipated to be among the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task was dealt what could be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West Springfield decided to reject the plan in a referendum that is public. About 55% of voters here voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming out up against the project versus just 3,413 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, because 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. At the moment, it appears that only two applicants have actually a chance at that license: an MGM task in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal 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. (suite…)