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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
City councilors in Springfield Massachusetts appear ready to act quickly on the proposed casino development agreement with MGM Resorts International. The casino operator wants the citywide voter referendum to take place in mid-July. Casino opponents have little time to mount an effective campaign.