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Massachusetts Swings Both Ways with Casino Vote

The MGM Springfield is one possible casino coming to Massachusetts in the near future; it got a thumbs up from local voters this week

This week that is past a good amount of voting happening across Massachusetts, including two key votes on proposed casino tasks into the state. The results were split, giving both casino proponents and their opponents something to crow about.

Hard Rock Hits the Skids

The larger vote came in the town of West Springfield, where there was a proposition to create an $800 million Hard Rock casino. The casino had been expected to be among the key competitors for the Western Massachusetts casino license.

But that project was dealt what might be a deadly blow on Tuesday, after the voters of western Springfield decided to reject the plan in a referendum that is public. About 55% of voters there voted against the casino, with 4,165 coming down contrary to the project versus just 3,413 for this. 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 sole casino license in Western Massachusetts. During the brief moment, it appears that only two candidates have actually a chance at that license: an MGM project in Springfield, and a Mohegan Sun proposal 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 vo (mais…)