Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote

Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote

The MGM Springfield is one feasible casino coming to Massachusetts in the longer term; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week

This previous week saw a good amount of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino projects within the state. The results were split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.

Hard Rock Hits the Skids

The bigger vote arrived in town of West Springfield, where there was a proposition to construct an $800 million tricky Rock casino. The casino was likely to be one of the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.

But that project was dealt just what could be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western Springfield decided to reject the plan in a public referendum. About 55% of voters here voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming away against the project versus just 3,413 because of it. The loss came as a surprise to many, due to the fact campaign saw supporters associated with casino drastically outspend opponents.

That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. At the moment, it appears that only two candidates have a chance at that permit: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that might be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposition nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters.Leer más