Two high powered casino operators affirmed their commitments this week to pursue projects in Springfield Massachusetts. Officials in Holyoke, a late entry to the western Massachusetts casino competition, are moving to form committees to review proposals from developers. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has an update on the fast moving casino story.
Political leaders and casino executives met late last week in Atlantic City for the 16th annual East Coast Gaming Congress and Hospitality Forum, where panelists said that individual states will likely begin approving internet gambling over the next two years because partisan gridlock in Congress.
The five member Massachusetts Gaming Commission held its first public meeting Tuesday as it set about to bring casino gambling to the state. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Declaring the decades long debate over whether to bring casinos to Massachusetts is over, Stephen Crosby, the chairman of the powerful gaming commission, said he and the other four appointees were ready to get to work to implement the public policy in the best way they can. He pledged that much of that work would take place in full public view.