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 week that is past lots of voting occurring 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 bigger vote came in the town of West Springfield, where there had been a proposal to construct an $800 million tough Rock casino. The casino had been likely to be one of many competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.

But that task was dealt exactly what could be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of West Springfield decided to reject the plan in a public referendum. About 55% of voters here voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming out up against the project versus just 3,413 for this. The loss came as a surprise to many, because the campaign saw supporters of the casino opponents that are drastically outspend.

That rejection narrows the competition for the casino that is sole in Western Massachusetts. At the moment, it seems that only two candidates have actually a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposition that could be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposition still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters. Continue reading “Massachusetts Swings Both Ways with Casino Vote”