MGM Springfield casino http://wamc.org en Casino Revenue In State Budget Questioned http://wamc.org/post/casino-revenue-state-budget-questioned <p></p><p></p><p>Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and legislative leaders are betting voters don’t repeal the state’s casino law.&nbsp;&nbsp; Casino revenue was included in the 2015 state budget, but the impact of the decision appears to be more political than financial.</p><p> Gov. Patrick does not see it as much of a gamble to speculate on $73 million in projected casino revenue in a budget that totals $ 36.5 billion. The casino cash may never come if voters repeal the state’s casino law in November.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95173 at http://wamc.org Casino Revenue In State Budget Questioned Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign http://wamc.org/post/anti-casino-activists-launch-referendum-campaign <p></p><p></p><p>Anti-casino activists launched a statewide referendum campaign today in Springfield where they outlined plans for convincing voters to keep Las Vegas-style gambling from coming to Massachusetts.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 22:11:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 95025 at http://wamc.org Anti-casino Activists Launch Referendum Campaign Court Ruling On Casino Vote Is Setback For MGM Springfield http://wamc.org/post/court-ruling-casino-vote-setback-mgm-springfield <p>The three-year old effort to bring Las Vegas-style gambling to Massachusetts was dealt a significant setback this week when the state’s highest court ruled that voters can decide in November if the casino law should be repealed.&nbsp; The unanimous decision by the State Supreme Judicial Court supporting an effort by anti-casino activists came less than two weeks after MGM was assigned a license to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with MGM Springfield president Mike Mathis about the status of the pro Sat, 28 Jun 2014 16:48:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93565 at http://wamc.org Court Ruling On Casino Vote Is Setback For MGM Springfield Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum http://wamc.org/post/fierce-campaign-expected-massachusetts-casino-referendum <p>When the Massachusetts legislature voted three years ago to legalize casino gambling after decades of debate, it appeared the only fights left would be over where the casinos would be built. But now both sides on the charged issue are gearing up to win the hearts and minds of the state’s voters, who will decide in November if Las Vegas-style gambling will in fact have a home in Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:10:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93614 at http://wamc.org Fierce Campaign Expected On Massachusetts Casino Referendum Fate Of Springfield Casino In Hands Of Massachusetts Voters http://wamc.org/post/fate-springfield-casino-hands-massachusetts-voters <p>When casinos were legalized in Massachusetts three years ago, the mayor of Springfield set off on a high-stakes bid to land a destination resort casino that could transform the city’s economically depressed downtown. Now, potentially within months of a groundbreaking for an $800 million casino, the project is in jeopardy.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 16:25:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93426 at http://wamc.org Fate Of Springfield Casino In Hands Of Massachusetts Voters Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot http://wamc.org/post/casino-repeal-question-will-be-massachusetts-ballot <p>Massachusetts’ highest court ruled today that a question asking voters to repeal the state’s casino law can go on the November ballot.&nbsp; It sets up what promises to be a hard-fought campaign to decide the fate of the fledgling gambling industry in Massachusetts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 22:06:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 93364 at http://wamc.org Casino Repeal Question Will Be On Massachusetts Ballot Regulators Approve MGM Springfield Casino http://wamc.org/post/regulators-approve-mgm-springfield-casino <p>The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has assigned the state’s first resort casino license to MGM.&nbsp; The entertainment industry giant got the go-ahead from the industry regulators today to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, but a cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the project.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 21:53:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 92581 at http://wamc.org Regulators Approve MGM Springfield Casino Mass. Gaming Commissioners Report Positive Evaluations Of MGM Springfield Casino http://wamc.org/post/mass-gaming-commissioners-report-positive-evaluations-mgm-springfield-casino <p>Massachusetts gaming industry regulators began a final review today of MGM’s proposed casino in Springfield.&nbsp; It is expected to conclude Friday with a decision to award the state’s first resort casino license.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p> Massachusetts Gaming Commissioners gave marks of “sufficient” to “outstanding” as they reported publicly on their evaluation of MGM’s application for a gaming license to build an $800 million casino in downtown Springfield.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 22:13:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 92288 at http://wamc.org Mass. Gaming Commissioners Report Positive Evaluations Of MGM Springfield Casino Massachusetts Gaming Regulators Issue Revised Licensing Schedule http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-regulators-issue-revised-licensing-schedule <p>Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts have announced a revised timetable for issuing resort casino licenses.&nbsp; Delays are costing the state and municipal governments gaming revenue that budget writers had counted on receiving by now.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:19:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 90958 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Gaming Regulators Issue Revised Licensing Schedule Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Says He Will Not Step Down http://wamc.org/post/massachusetts-gaming-commission-chairman-says-he-will-not-step-down <p>The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is on track to make a decision on June 13<sup>th</sup> to award the lone resort casino license in western Massachusetts.&nbsp; The commission chairman says he will be part of the decision- making process.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Chairman Stephen Crosby presided over the commission’s public hearing in Springfield Wednesday, the first public meeting for the gaming regulators since Crosby removed himself last week from any further role in the casino licensing process in the greater Boston area.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 16:38:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 90510 at http://wamc.org Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Says He Will Not Step Down