Baker Says He’d File Bill To Save Springfield Casino If Voters Repeal Gaming Law

Republican Charlie Baker says if he wins the governor’s office in November and voters also repeal the state’s casino gambling law, he would then seek to save a proposed resort casino in Springfield.

Baker made the comments on Wednesday during a meeting with the editorial board of the Republican newspaper.

The state gambling commission has approved MGM Resort International’s plan for an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield. But a question on the state ballot calls for repeal of the 2011 law allowing for up to three resort casinos and one slots parlor in Massachusetts.

Baker says he will vote against repeal but if it does pass and he becomes governor, he would then file a bill with the Legislature “to put the Springfield casino back on the map.”