Springfield casino http://wamc.org en Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project http://wamc.org/post/springfield-votes-mgms-casino-project <p>Voters in Springfield, Massachusetts go to the polls today for a referendum on MGM Resorts’ proposal to build an $800 million resort casino in the city’s downtown.&nbsp; State law gives local voters the right to weigh in before a developer can even apply for a casino license.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 16 Jul 2013 16:09:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 69309 at http://wamc.org Springfield Votes On MGM's Casino Project Former Massachusetts Attorney General Encourages Casino Opponents http://wamc.org/post/former-massachusetts-attorney-general-encourages-casino-opponents <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause was&nbsp; the featured speaker at an anti-casino forum in Springfield.&nbsp; The event, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts attracted about 300 people to Christ Church Cathedral.&nbsp; A citywide voter referendum on MGM Resort’s Springfield casino development is on July 16<sup>th</sup>.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Harshbarger</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 68081 at http://wamc.org Former Massachusetts Attorney General Encourages Casino Opponents Casino Opponents To Speak In Springfield http://wamc.org/post/casino-opponents-speak-springfield <p> A group working to defeat next month’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts is holding a campaign kickoff event this Wednesday.&nbsp; One of the scheduled speakers is Robert Steele. He is a former Congressman from Connecticut who witnessed the growth of casino gambling in Connecticut in the 1990s. He is the author of the novel, <em>The Curse: Big-time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town.</em></p> Sun, 23 Jun 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67594 at http://wamc.org Casino Opponents To Speak In Springfield Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development http://wamc.org/post/springfield-budget-bets-casino-development <p>The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM.&nbsp; The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a&nbsp; Springfield casino is not guaranteed.&nbsp; Casino opponents are crying foul.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1<sup>st</sup> as a “ hold the line” budget.</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 16:15:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 67291 at http://wamc.org Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development Springfield City Council Approves MGM Casino Deal http://wamc.org/post/springfield-city-council-approves-mgm-casino-deal <p>The casino project proposed in downtown Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International has cleared another hurdle. The city council unanimously endorsed the project Friday night and authorized a city wide voter referendum.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp; The vote by the Springfield City Council came after about 90 minutes of debate during a special meeting Friday night and was greeted by cheers in the packed council chambers.</p> Sat, 11 May 2013 01:44:29 +0000 Paul Tuthill 64415 at http://wamc.org Springfield City Council Approves MGM Casino Deal Mohegan Sun Adds Amenities To Western Mass. Casino Project http://wamc.org/post/mohegan-sun-adds-amenities-western-mass-casino-project <p>Mohegan Sun officials continue to keep most details of their western Massachusetts casino project close to the vest.&nbsp; Top officials from the gaming company addressed a public meeting Monday night&nbsp; in Palmer attended by about 200 people.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 05 Mar 2013 17:04:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 59104 at http://wamc.org Mohegan Sun Adds Amenities To Western Mass. Casino Project