It’s time to check in on the latest casino expansion news in Massachusetts. For an easy update, let’s make it like one of my favorite slots – “Quick Hits.”
The state of Massachusetts still expects three resort casinos and one slots-only property to be chosen and started this year. Numerous deadlines will be decided soon. Licenses and construction are expected to start in the latter half of 2014.
Final applications were filed by Wynn, MGM and Mohegan Sun.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has received approval from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which decided that it was okay to proceed with plans based on the current compact between the tribe and the state of Massachusetts
CT casinos Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods have added new proposals after defeats in Palmer and Milford respectively. Mohegan Sun has been actively courting Revere and Foxwoods is working on a new connection in Fall River.
Anti-casino lobbying has grown so much that the repeal of the casino expansion law of 2011 is actually a possibility. Responding to concerns voiced by casino companies competing for operating licenses in Massachusetts, the head of the state’s Gaming Commission, Stephen Crosby, said that hefty licensing fees ought to be refunded in the event that voters repeal the casino expansion law.
That’s all for now.