Massachusetts Swings Both 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 great amount of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks within 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 came in town of West Springfield, where there had been a proposition to construct an $800 million complex Rock casino. The casino had been anticipated to be among the competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that project had been dealt just what could possibly be a fatal 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 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, once the campaign saw supporters of this casino drastically outspend opponents.
That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. During the moment, it seems that only two applicants have a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal that would be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters.more