Gambling Commissioners, Springfield City Officials Clash

Sep 12, 2012

   The Massachusetts Gaming Commission is urging Springfield to put the brakes  on its casino competition. WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

   The state’s gaming industry regulators and Springfield city officials clashed Tuesday over the city’s plans to evaluate casino development proposals and have a binding voter referendum this Spring. Commissioner James McHugh said the commission would not be ready to evaluate a license application by then.

   Springfield’s chief development official ,Kevin Kennedy, pushed back on suggestions the city waitAs many as four casino operators are expected to make proposals to build a resort casino in Springfield. Only one casino license can be issued in Western Massachusetts.