New England News
6:58 am
Wed May 22, 2013

MGM To Kick Off Casino Referendum Campaign

Officials with MGM Resorts plan to kick off a campaign on Wednesday designed to convince voters in Springfield Massachusetts to approve a casino deal.

Credit MGM Springfield

   MGM officials will be joined by  Mayor Domenic Sarno  and other backers of the casino on stage at Springfield Symphony Hall  late Wednesday afternoon to kick off the  campaign.  It will promote a yes vote on the city wide casino referendum scheduled for  July 16th. The chairman of an anti casino group, Michael Kogut, said a kick off rally for the campaign to defeat the referendum will take place next month.

   Springfield voters must ratify the host community agreement between MGM and the city before the company can apply to the state for the lone casino license authorized in western Massachusetts. Other casino projects are proposed in Palmer and West Springfield.