Massachusetts Swings Both real Ways with Casino Vote
The MGM Springfield is one casino that is possible to Massachusetts in the long run; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week
This week that is past an abundance of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks within the state. The outcomes were 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 Hard Rock casino. The casino was likely to be among the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.
But that project was dealt exactly what might 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 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, because the 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 brief 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 would be located in Palmer. The Palmer proposal still needs to be voted on by residents, while the MGM plan was approved by Springfield voters.