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New England News
9:48 pm
Wed December 25, 2013

Town Wants $1 Million For Traffic From Proposed Casino

LONGMEADOW, Mass. (AP) — The town of Longmeadow is seeking $1 million in upfront compensation from MGM Resorts International, citing traffic issues that would result if an $800 million resort casino is built in nearby Springfield.

Longmeadow Town Manager Stephen Crane tells The Republican that the town is relying on a study done for the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission by an independent engineering firm.

The study found that Longmeadow and West Springfield would have the most impact from casino traffic among neighboring cities and towns.

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New England News
7:16 am
Mon July 22, 2013

West Springfield Expected To Set Casino Vote Soon

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The town council in West Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a meeting to set a date for a voter referendum on the casino development deal proposed by Hard Rock International.

The President of Hard Rock New England said he'll ask the council when it meets on Tuesday to schedule the referendum for Sept. 10, before the start of the Big E expo the following weekend.

Hard Rock wants to build an $800 million resort casino on part of the Eastern States Exhibition fairgrounds.

Springfield voters last week approved a casino development deal with MGM Resorts.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

Hard Rock Reaches Casino Deal With West Springfield

West Springfield Mayor Gregory Neffinger ( on right) and Tim Maland, President Hard Rock New England announce the signing of a casino host community agreement
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Hard Rock International has struck a rich casino development deal with West Springfield. The agreement, announced last night by West Springfield’s mayor and  Hard Rock officials, ups the ante in the fierce casino competition in western Massachusetts.

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New England News
3:50 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Former Massachusetts Attorney General Encourages Casino Opponents

Scott Harshbarger addressed an anti-casino forum at Christ Church Cathedral in Springfield, MA. on June 26,2013
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    Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause was  the featured speaker at an anti-casino forum in Springfield.  The event, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts attracted about 300 people to Christ Church Cathedral.  A citywide voter referendum on MGM Resort’s Springfield casino development is on July 16th.    WAMC”s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Harshbarger

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New England News
12:15 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Anti-casino Forum Draws Large Crowd

Scott Harshbarger, the former Massachusetts Attorney General and former president of Common Cause, addresses the audience at an anti-casino forum in Springfield, MA
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Opponents of casino gambling rallied supporters in Springfield, Massachusetts last night where a citywide referendum on MGM Resorts’ $800 million casino development is less than three weeks away.

      A crowd of about 300 people sat in the sweltering hot sanctuary of Christ Church Cathedral and applauded as speakers denounced what they said were the false promises of the gambling industry.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Sun June 23, 2013

Casino Opponents To Speak In Springfield

A group working to defeat next month’s casino referendum in Springfield Massachusetts is holding a campaign kickoff event this Wednesday.  One of the scheduled speakers is Robert Steele. He is a former Congressman from Connecticut who witnessed the growth of casino gambling in Connecticut in the 1990s. He is the author of the novel, The Curse: Big-time Gambling’s Seduction of a Small New England Town.

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New England News
12:25 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Plan Aims To Change Public Safety Perception Of Downtown Springfield

Officials in Springfield Massachusetts are implementing a plan to address what they say is a public safety perception problem in the city’s downtown.   It is important to existing business owners and to a possible future big business—a resort casino. 

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New England News
12:15 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Springfield Budget Bets On Casino Development

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno ( seated at right) and MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle sign the host community agreement on May 1 2013.
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The proposed budget for the coming fiscal year in Springfield Massachusetts is balanced with the help of $5 million from casino developer MGM.  The money was included in the budget presented by the city’s mayor even though a  Springfield casino is not guaranteed.  Casino opponents are crying foul.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno describes his proposed $571.8 million budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1st as a “ hold the line” budget.

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New England News
12:19 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Springfield Casino Vote To Be Held Before State Completes Background Probes

A rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino development in Springfield, MA
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City officials in Springfield, Massachusetts have begun a voter education campaign in advance of the July 16th referendum on the casino project proposed by MGM Resorts.  Supporters of a  rival casino project in western Massachusetts are also gearing up for a referendum campaign, although no date has been set for the vote in Palmer.

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New England News
9:44 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Springfield City Council Approves MGM Casino Deal

Springfield City Councilor Kenneth Shea speaks during debate on a host community agreement with casino developer MGM Resorts International.
Credit WAMC

The casino project proposed in downtown Springfield Massachusetts by MGM Resorts International has cleared another hurdle. The city council unanimously endorsed the project Friday night and authorized a city wide voter referendum.

   The vote by the Springfield City Council came after about 90 minutes of debate during a special meeting Friday night and was greeted by cheers in the packed council chambers.

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