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.
After months of lobbying, speculation and debate, the Massachusetts Senate voted last week to approve a bill that authorizes a casino in Western Massachusetts and two others in different parts of the state. Now a joint legislative committee will have to draft a final bill to send to the governor, but towns are already competing and evaluating the possibilities for a resort-style casino.