BOSTON (AP) — The gambling industry spent $2.3 million dollars lobbying Beacon Hill lawmakers in 2012, a drop from the $3.1 million spent by the industry in Massachusetts in 2011.
A review of lobbying records by The Associated Press found that despite the decline, companies hoping to land one of the state's coveted casino license still poured hundreds of thousands into lobbying.
The mayor of Springfield Massachusetts has announced a delay in negotiations over building a resort casino downtown. The city will take more time to review written proposals from two casino operators competing for the city’s support.
Two high powered casino operators competing to develop projects in Springfield submitted detailed proposals to the city and filed initial applications for a casino license to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has begun several days of meetings to address dozens of policy questions. It’s a prelude to the commissioners writing the final regulations to fully implement the year old gambling law and license resort casinos. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
The gaming commissioners, meeting in Boston, voted unanimously Tuesday to set a policy that bans a community from holding a referendum on a casino project until it has been determined the developer is suitable to hold a gaming license in Massachusetts.
Nevada based gaming company Ameristar has unveiled renderings and announced details about the resort casino it hopes to build in Springfield Massachusetts. It is one of three companies competing for casino development rights in Springfield. WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.
Three experienced casino operators stepped forward ahead of a Thursday night deadline and will compete in Springfield for the chance to build a casino in western Massachusetts. Each is proposing a development project totaling almost $1 billion. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports
A report to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission estimates the state will need to establish a labor pool of 30,000 candidates to fill approximately 10,000 jobs in the new casino industry. Commissioners will need to establish a plan for workforce development to go along with a master schedule that projects the awarding of casino licenses in the winter of 2014. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports