Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote

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 previous week saw plenty of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects in 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 arrived in the town of West Springfield, where there was a proposition to create an $800 million complex Rock casino. The casino had been anticipated to be among the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.

But that task had been dealt just what could be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West Springfield decided to reject the plan in a 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, due to the fact campaign saw supporters for the casino opponents that are drastically outspend.

That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it would appear that only two applicants have a chance at that license: an MGM project 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. Continuar lendo Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote