The Mashpee Wampanoag have won a victory. A new casino gaming compact is
expected to be signed by Governor Deval Patrick. Last week the compact was
approved by Legislature.
However, before the tribe can begin development of the Taunton resort casino,
the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs has to approve the new compact as well.
If approved, 17% of the gaming revenues would be paid to the state. That is if
the casino is the only casino located in region. If the casino remains the only
one in the state. However, if a slot parlor opens, the casino would pay 15%. If
a commercial casino opens, then the Mashpee Wampanoag will pay nothing.
A law was passed in 2011. Three resort casinos would be allowed to developed by
Indian tribes in the region that were recognized by the federal government. The
authorization was only temporarily. Since that time, other applicants have been
allowed to apply.
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