MGM Springfield to Fight Against East Hartford Casino Bill
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November 25, 2015
The new MGM casino resort in Springfield will cost close to $1 billion to
complete. Now the company, with the help of former US attorney general Eric
Holder, is actively trying to stop a casino project that would be located just
over the state line in Connecticut.
The casino is a joint venture between two Native American tribes, the
Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegans. They are the owners of Mohegan Sun and
Foxwoods Resort Casino. Recently Connecticut approved the casino.
MGM wants to stop the tribes' project by challenging Connecticut's constitution.
A federal judge is being asked to rule that the casino would be illegal.
On November 19 MGM announced that they will spend $950 million on the
Springfield casino. Previously the company planned to spend $800 million.
However then they reduced the original size of the casino by 14 percent and
removed plans for the 25 story tower.
The business plan for MGM's casino is based on people from Connecticut making up
a third of the visitors. The Connecticut casino could possibly effect the amount
of out-of-state visitors greatly.
Connecticut receives 25 percent of the revenue from slot machines at the tribal
owned casinos since the 1990's. That has totaled over $6.5 billion. However, as
more casinos are being built revenue at both the Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort
Casino has dropped. Building a new casino so close to the state boarder is the
tribe's intention to stop further loss of visitors and declining revenue.
The location for the Connecticut casino has not been selected as of yet. The
announce is expected to be made by December 15. East Hartford and three other
cities have submitted proposals to be the casino's host city.
In June a bill that would allow for another casino was approved. The actual
opening and operating a casino requires another vote and an act of legislature.
MGM intends to lobby legislators into rejecting the bill. Residents of East
Hardford are also having their information collected to be used against the
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