Massachusetts Swings Both Ways with Casino Vote

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 past week saw a great amount of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects 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 the city of West Springfield, where there was a proposal to construct an $800 million complex Rock casino. The casino was expected to be one of the key rivals for the Western Massachusetts casino license.

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

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