Voters in West Springfield soundly defeated a proposal for a casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition.
Residents of West Springfield, Massachusetts, will vote Tuesday on whether Hard Rock International will take the next step with its proposed $800 million casino.
Some voters in Massachusetts go to the polls Tuesday for special elections and gambling referendums.
Hard Rock has greatly outspent opponents of its West Springfield casino proposal ahead of Tuesday’s referendum. That’s according to recently filed campaign finance reports.
Mohegan Sun and the town of Palmer say they have a deal. They’re vying for the single casino license slated for Western Massachusetts.
The leader of the Greater Springfield NAACP says the group has reached out over and over again to Hard Rock Casino, but never heard back.
Hard Rock Casinos released a study this week outlining the economic impact of its proposed casino in West Springfield.
The consulting legal firm hired by the city of Springfield to assist with the siting of a potential casino, is being questioned about its ties to casino operators MGM Resorts and Penn National Gami
The casino legislation in Massachusetts that now awaits the signature of Governor Deval Patrick would allow for one gambling hotel-resort complex in the Western part of the state. Developers have been scrambling to stake a claim in the area. Now the field seems to have settled, at four major players.
One of the most divisive issues of the mayoral race in Holyoke was casino development. Incumbent mayor Elaine Pluta was in favor of bringing a casino to town, but the winner — new mayor-elect, Alex Morse — says he's opposed. New England Public Radio's Anne Mostue reports on what that might mean for the future.