Massachusetts Swings Both Ways with Casino Vote
The MGM Springfield is one casino that is possible to Massachusetts in the near future; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This week that is past plenty of voting taking place across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects into 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 town of West Springfield, where there had been a proposition to construct an $800 million rough Rock casino. The casino ended up being likely to be one of many competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task had been dealt just what could possibly be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West 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 from the project versus just 3,413 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, due to the fact campaign saw supporters of the casino opponents that are drastically outspend.
That rejection narrows the competition for the sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it appears that only two candidates have a chance at that permit: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that could be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters. […]