Originally published on Tue April 15, 2014 6:41 pm
Thousands of Massachusetts residents are being surveyed as part of multi-year, multi-million dollar research project on the social and economic impacts of introducing casino gambling to the state.
The members of the UMass Amherst led research team say initial results will be reported to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission in September. These findings will be the baseline that will be used to measure changes in problem gambling, domestic violence, housing prices and a host of other socio-economic factors as casinos open over the next one to three years.
Supporters and opponents of MGM’s $800 million casino project in Springfield had a final chance last night to sound-off in front of Massachusetts gaming industry regulators. The state gaming commission held a final public hearing in Springfield as it prepares to award the lone casino license in western Massachusetts where MGM Springfield is the only applicant.
Connecticut residents have until midnight tonight to obtain an insurance plan and avoid a federal tax penalty. Residents without health coverage can shop and compare plans at accesshealthct.com. Anyone who remains uninsured when the deadline expires will face a penalty of either 1 percent of the family's gross household income or $95 for each uninsured individual -- whichever amount is greater.
Federal authorities are considering changes to tribal recognition procedures and it could have a unique impact on Connecticut. But it's unclear exactly what rights any newly recognized tribes would have.
Before Thomas Hooker founded the Colony of Connecticut, before Europeans even knew this land existed, the indigenous people already lived off the land. But over hundreds of years, the United States of America grew into what it is today, and the indigenous people were only granted small slices of land if they are "recognized" by the federal government.
Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti sent his 100-day plan to state Transportation Commissioner James Redeker on Monday. Giulietti is promising to rebuild a culture of safety at Metro-North to serve as the railroad’s "unshakeable foundation." He agreed to a 100-day plan to improve the railroad’s safety and operational performance in meeting with Governor Dannel Malloy last month.
Originally published on Sun March 2, 2014 10:26 am
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will be in western Massachusetts on Monday for a public hearing on MGM’s casino project in Springfield.
The hearing that will take place at the West Springfield Middle School is one of two that will be held in the region as the gaming commission moves closer to awarding a license to develop and operate a resort casino. MGM is the only applicant in western Massachusetts. The hearing will afford casino opponents, like Ted Steger, a chance to make a case against MGM’s project.
Originally published on Fri February 28, 2014 12:21 pm
A harness racing track has been chosen by Massachusetts gambling regulators as the site of the state’s first casino. If all goes according to schedule, the casino that will have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games, will open just over a year from now.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission, in the most significant decision of its two years in existence, voted 3-2 on Thursday to offer a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at the Plainridge harness racetrack. The track is in Plainville on the Rhode Island border.
An artist's rendering of the Plainridge Park Casino, a slots machine parlor in Plainville, MA. Penn National Gaming plans to open the casino in Spring 2015. It can have up to 1,250 slot machines, but no table games.
Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 2:45 pm
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission has voted to award the first casino gambling license in the state.
The gaming commission voted 3 to 2 Thursday to award a license to Penn National Gaming to operate a slot machine parlor at a harness race track in Plainville on the Rhode Island border. Penn beat out two competitors for the lone slot license allowed by state law. Commissioner Bruce Stebbins said the vote is a milestone.
An artist's rendering of the casino MGM Resorts hopes to build in Springfield, MA Casino opponents want to put a question on the November ballot to repeal the casino gambling law. A lawsuit on whether the question will appear on the ballot is pending before the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.
Connecticut's Public Safety and Security Committee met Thursday morning to raise a bill on Keno in the state. State Representative Stephen Dargan (D-West Haven) is proposing legislation to repeal last year's bill that legalized the game in Connecticut.
The controversial game is looking less likely to survive the current session, as more lawmakers express an interest in repealing legislation that made it legal.
Less than a year after a Keno bill passed the legislature in the eleventh hour, and was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy, legislative leaders are making a push for its repeal, citing an improving economy.
Democratic Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey announced his support for a repeal during remarks to the Connecticut Council of Small Towns.
Originally published on Tue January 28, 2014 4:41 am
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will hear Tuesday from cities and towns seeking compensation from casino operators.
Hampden, Longmeadow and Northampton have failed to reach agreements with MGM on compensation for potential impacts if the company builds a resort casino in downtown Springfield, so they’ve asked the commission to intervene. Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz said a consultant figures businesses will lose up to $8 million in annual sales, costing up to 180 job s if a casino is built 16 miles away.
Originally published on Fri January 24, 2014 12:53 pm
The lengthy process to bring casino gambling to Massachusetts has entered a final phase. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will spend the next few months carefully evaluating projects before coming to a decision on issuing licenses. Supporters of the MGM casino project in Springfield are already anticipating a groundbreaking.
MGM Resorts International is the only applicant for the lone casino license in western Massachusetts, but Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby says the five-member commission is not obligated to award the license to MGM.
Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 6:17 pm
The lone applicant for the western Massachusetts casino license pitched the project to state gaming industry regulators today. The 90-minute public presentation marked the beginning of an evaluation process that is expected to culminate with the awarding of a casino license in the spring.
MGM Resorts International CEO James Murran told the Massachusetts Gaming Commission that even though all competitors have fallen by the wayside, MGM’s Springfield project is the right choice to be awarded a lucrative casino license.
An overflow crowd packed the Boston convention center on Wednesday to hear from the firms competing for a coveted eastern Massachusetts resort casino license. Connecticut's Mohegan Sun is one of two companies in the running for the license.
A task force of state legislators met on Thursday to consider the possibility of expanding video gaming in Connecticut. Co-Chairs of the task force are State Representative Peggy Sayers (D-Windsor Locks, Windsor) and State Senator Andres Ayala (D-Bridgeport).
Originally published on Fri January 3, 2014 12:22 pm
Gaming industry regulators in Massachusetts are set to embark on a lengthy public review process that is expected to end with the awarding of the state’s first casino licenses by the end of May. Several criteria will be examined to determine the final winners of the high-stakes competition
Three casino companies submitted final license applications—each consisting of thousands of pages—by the New Year’s Eve deadline to satisfy the requirements of the two-phase application process established by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.
Originally published on Mon December 23, 2013 5:17 pm
A major development today in efforts to build a resort casino in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts
The Massachusetts Gaming Commssion, following a lengthy background investigation, and a public hearing earlier this month has determined that MGM Resorts is suitable to hold a casino license in Massachusetts. It clears the company to file a final application by the December 31st deadline for an $800 million casino project in Springfield. The city’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy said the casino could be licensed by May.