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.
Later this week, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission is expected to announce the location of a slot machine parlor. It will be the first casino license awarded by the board and a central Massachusetts city is in the running.
A Boston Business Journal reporter joined us to discuss the story.
Massachusetts gambling regulators ruled Tuesday that MGM must pay Longmeadow to offset some of the impact of a possible Springfield casino. Two other communities were not as fortunate.
The hearing is about what’s called “surrounding community status.” It means a town or city would be impacted by a Springfield casino, and the casino operator – MGM – has to pay up.
Cities and towns have until late next week to file paperwork with the Massachusetts Gaming Commission claiming they will be impacted negatively by a casino.
MGM’s plans to build a casino in Springfield took another step forward yesterday as the gaming commission gave a green light to hold an operating license Next up for MGM is to negotiate agreements
Plans to build a casino on Suffolk Downs’ property in Revere took another step forward Monday now that developers have worked out a host community agreement with Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo. <
MGM is urging the Massachusetts Gaming Commission not to delay its timeline for awarding resort casino licenses.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has cleared Mohegan Sun to bid for the sole resort casino license in western Massachusetts.
Voters in West Springfield soundly defeated a proposal for a casino on the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition.
An anti-casino group is calling for the suspension of all casino referendum votes in Massachusetts, including next week’s scheduled vote in Springfield.
There may be a new entry from Canada in the sweepstakes for a gambling license in Massachusetts.
The panel overseeing Massachusetts’ expanded gambling law today [Tuesday] began the first of several days of hearings to come up with a set of rules and regulations for implementing the measure.