In a roundtable discussion, each of the candidates said they’ll vote no on a question to repeal the state’s casino law in November.
The three candidates vying for the seat now held by retiring Massachusetts state Representative Sean Curran of Springfield saw eye-to-eye on most of the issues discussed at a candidate roundtable. But as New England Public Radio’s Tom Relihan reports, they diverged on gun control.
The gambling board dismissed a request by the City of Boston to delay the process of awarding a casino license until after the November election.
Springfield area business leaders are wondering if they’ll ever see the economic impact from a proposed casino project. That’s after the state’s highest court placed a question repealing Massachusetts’ casino law on the November ballot.
Two initiatives sponsored by union nurses and a referendum to repeal Massachusetts’ casino could be headed for the ballot.
Only three of the five Massachusetts democratic candidates for governor will be advancing to the September primary.
Some residents are hopeful about economic recovery; others warn against potential problems.
Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s vote was widely expected.
Most of those speaking oppose the Springfield casino plan from MGM resorts, which is the only remaining bid for the license.
The Supreme Judicial Court is considering whether a ballot question repealing the state’s gambling law will go before voters in November.
A decision is expected in May and MGM is the only remaining applicant for the casino license reserved for western Massachusetts. But the commission has the option of starting the process all over again.
The meeting will allow residents one last chance to speak their minds, but members of a prominent group opposing a Springfield casino are not going to show up.
Leominster’s proposed slots parlor narrowly lost to a proposed slots casino in Plainville. Two of the five commissioners on the state gaming board supported the proposal in the north-central Massachusetts city.
There were handshakes, hugs and high fives all around as hundreds of casino supporters at Suffolk Downs heard the news: the proposed casino, which just four months ago seemed doomed, was back on track.
A proposal from Leominster received praise from the panel for its design and finances. But Commissioner James McHugh raised one red flag.