Entertainment industry giant Hard Rock’s plans to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts have been rejected by voters in the small town of West Springfield.
By a lopsided margin of 55 to 45 percent voters Tuesday defeated Hard Rock’s proposal for an $800 million resort casino on the Big E fairgrounds. Ted Hebert, a member of a grassroots organization that worked to defeat the casino was thrilled.
Tim Maland, Hard Rock New England President said the company had no plans to try to put a casino somewhere else in Massachusetts
The Town Council in Palmer, Massachusetts has endorsed a casino development agreement with Mohegan Sun. The Connecticut-based casino operator is proposing a $1 billion development in the rural town. It is one of three projects competing for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Town Councilor Paul Burns, who has been a long-time supporter of a casino project in Palmer.
For the first time in 15 years, Connecticut is getting more revenue from its state lottery than from slot machines at the two tribal casinos.
Data compiled by the Department of Consumer Protection for the latest fiscal year show the Connecticut Lottery Corp. transferred $312.1 million to the state's General Fund — the main spending account for state government.
In comparison, Foxwoods Resort Casino and the Mohegan Sun transferred a total of nearly $296.4 million to the fund as the state's share of their slot machine revenue.
Massachusetts Springfield Election Commissioner Gladys Oyola says she's optimistic that voter turnout could approach 25 percent Tuesday when Springfield voters decide on a casino project proposed by MGM Resorts International.
The Republican reports that groups lobbying for and against the casino plan are working to get out the vote with mailings, telephone calls and door knocking.
Mohegan Sun, which once had the western Massachusetts casino landscape all to itself, has unveiled a dramatic new design and more amenities for the project it hopes to build in rural Palmer. Mohegan Sun is facing stiff completion from MGM Resorts and Hard Rock International for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts.
Officials with Mohegan Sun addressed a meeting of 200 town officials and residents in Palmer Monday night about plans for a resort casino in the rural western Massachusetts town. WAMC”s Paul Tuthill reports
One of the gaming industry heavyweights looking to build a resort casino in western Massachusetts is expected to reveal more details about its project tonight at an eagerly anticipated public meeting.
Mohegan Sun officials are expected to reveal changes to their original plans for a $600 million resort casino development in Palmer to address the competition that has sprung up in the last year for the lone casino license available in western Massachusetts. The meeting is scheduled for 7PM at Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School.