Massachusetts Swings Both Ways with Casino Vote

Massachusetts Swings Both Ways with Casino Vote

The MGM Springfield is one possible casino coming 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 tasks in the state. The outcomes had been split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.

Hard Rock Hits the Skids

The bigger vote arrived in the town of West Springfield, where there was a proposal to build an $800 million tough Rock casino. The casino had been likely to be among the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.

But that project had been dealt what could possibly be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western Springfield decided to reject the plan in a public referendum. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming away up against the project versus just 3,413 for it. The loss came as a surprise to many, as 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 brief moment, it seems 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 nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters.

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