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 a good amount of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks 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 rough Rock casino. The casino was expected to be among the competitors that are key the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that task had been dealt what might be a fatal blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western 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 down up against the project versus just 3,413 for this. The loss came as a surprise to many, while the campaign saw supporters of this casino opponents that are drastically outspend.
That rejection narrows the competition for the sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it would appear that only two candidates have a chance at that permit: an MGM task in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal that would be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposition nevertheless needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by (more…)