12:04 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Progress Reported On Casino Impact Research Project

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.

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9:10 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Arbitrators To Decide Casino Mitigation Payments To Two Springfield Suburbs

An artist's rendering shows MGM's proposed $800 million casino in downtown Springfield

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 4:55 pm

Arbitrators have been chosen to decide how much two Massachusetts communities will be paid by MGM to mitigate the impacts of the proposed casino in downtown Springfield.

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9:25 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Mohegan Sun Sees Profit Decline But Doesn't Feel "The Pinch"

Originally published on Mon April 7, 2014 8:48 am

A gambling slump is eating into the profits of Mohegan Sun, but the 2,000 tribal members who draw benefits from the massive casino aren't feeling the pinch.

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12:41 pm
Wed April 2, 2014

Gambling Commissioners Hear Pros, Cons Of MGM Springfield Casino

Originally published on Wed April 2, 2014 2:52 pm

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.

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Connecticut First
6:18 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Health Care Sign-Up Deadline Is Here; Metro-North Delays Are Up

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 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.

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Connecticut First
5:58 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Connecticut Casinos in the Top Five for Revenue; House GOP Leader Announces Retirement

Casino City's Indian Gaming Industry Report, which was released today, says Connecticut was in the top five states in revenue brought in by the casinos, totaling $1.85 billion.

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Tribal Land Claims
11:44 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Effects of Potential Connecticut Tribal Recognitions in Debate

Dancers at an event at the Pequot Museum last fall.
Credit Brandon Lavallee / Pequot Museum

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.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon March 17, 2014

The Ongoing Debate Over Tribal Recognition

One of the big issues surrounding tribal recognition in Connecticut is the construction of more casinos.
Credit David Zeuthen / Creative Commons

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.

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Keno, or no?
10:07 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Keno Finally Gets a Public Hearing

With a $500 million projected state surplus, chances are keno will be repealed in Connecticut.
Credit purple_onion / Creative Commons

The General Assembly's Public Safety and Security committee heard public testimony Tuesday on a bill that would repeal last year's law establishing keno in Connecticut.

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Connecticut First
6:12 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Metro-North Improvement Plans Emerge; Keno Repeal Gets a Hearing

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.

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Massachusetts Casinos
9:15 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Public Hearing Scheduled On MGM Springfield Casino

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.

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9:38 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Harness Racetrack Gets Nod For First Massachusetts Casino

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.

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6:43 am
Fri February 28, 2014

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Approves State's First Casino License

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.

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Massachusetts Gaming
7:50 am
Wed February 26, 2014

Revere Approves Mohegan Sun Casino Plan

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's planned casino at Suffolk Downs, Revere
Credit Mohegan Sun

Residents in Revere, Massachusetts approved on Tuesday a plan by Mohegan Sun to build a $1.3 billion resort casino in the town. The Hartford Courant reported that the proposal won 63 percent of the vote.

It's the Mohegan Tribal Gaming Authority's second attempt at the new gaming market in Massachusetts -- voters in Palmer recently rejected a casino plan there.

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1:17 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Panel Sees Possible Delay In Mass. Casino License

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 8:08 am

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it may have to push back the timetable for awarding the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.

Because of a possible conflict of interest, the panel on Monday cut ties with a contractor that had been helping review surrounding community petitions for casino proposals in Everett and Revere.

Commissioners had been hoping to award the eastern license by May 30 and while that timetable is still possible, a delay in reviewing the petitions could push the decision back to the end of June.

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6:53 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Springfield Mayor Hopes To Block Vote On Casino Repeal

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.

Originally published on Thu February 20, 2014 6:26 pm

The mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts is seeking to join an effort to block a voter referendum that could repeal the state’s casino gambling law.

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Legislative session
3:14 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

State Public Safety Committee Raises Bill to Repeal Keno

Co-chairs of the legislature's Public Safety and Security Committee, Rep. Stephen Dargan and Sen. Joan Hartley, at left.
Credit Connecticut Commission on Children

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. 

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That Didn't Last Long...
4:17 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Is the Era of Keno in Connecticut Over?

There's a good chance you'll never see a sign like this in Connecticut.
Credit Marc Moss / Creative Commons

Keno in Connecticut may be over before it begins.

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.

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7:32 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Decision Due On Casino Surrounding Community Petitions

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts' proposed $800 million casino in downtown Springfield, MA

Originally published on Mon February 17, 2014 10:11 am

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission will announce a decision Tuesday on the petitions from three municipalities seeking mitigation payments if an MGM casino is built in downtown Springfield.

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8:43 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Massachusetts Gaming Chief Asks Court To Dismiss Lawsuit

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby

Originally published on Sat February 1, 2014 6:31 am

Massachusetts Gaming Commission Chairman Stephen Crosby is asking a federal judge to toss out a lawsuit by Caesars Entertainment.

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11:17 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Gaming Commission To Hear Surrounding Community Petitions

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.

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12:46 pm
Sat January 25, 2014

Gaming Commission Begins Review Of Casino Projects

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA

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.

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9:40 am
Fri January 24, 2014

MGM Pitches Springfield Casino To State Gaming Regulators

MGM Springfield President Bill Hornbuckle presents details of the company's Springfield casino project to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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.

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Massachusetts Casinos
9:31 am
Thu January 23, 2014

Mohegan Sun Makes Its Pitch for Revere, Massachusetts Resort Casino License

Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino for Revere, Massachusetts.
Credit Mohegan Sun

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.

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Connecticut First
3:01 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Winter Storm Warning Continues; Pothole Problems

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2:01 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Meeting of the Task Force to Explore Expanding Video Slots in Connecticut

Credit CT-N

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).

Massachusetts Casinos
2:35 pm
Fri January 3, 2014

Public Scrutiny Of Casino License Applications Invited

Files containing the casino license application filed by MGM Resorts at the offices of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission

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.

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4:31 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

MGM Submits Final Massachusetts Casino Application

Originally published on Mon December 30, 2013 4:26 pm

Casino developers in Massachusetts face a Tuesday deadline to submit final applications to state regulators

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6:35 am
Tue December 24, 2013

MGM Clears State Background Check In Bid To Build Springfield Casino

An artist's rendering of MGM Resorts proposed casino in Springfield, MA

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.

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8:31 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Mass. Gaming Commission Approves Mohegan Sun Waiver Request

An artist's rendering of Mohegan Sun's proposed resort casino on Suffolk Downs race track property in Revere, MA

Originally published on Thu December 19, 2013 4:41 pm

The Massachusetts  Gaming Commission has formally approved a waiver to allow Mohegan Sun to go forward with a casino project in eastern Massachusetts

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