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Voters Head to Polls to Vote on Casino Proposals

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BOSTON (AP/WGGB) — Voters in three Massachusetts communities are heading to the polls to help decide the fate of two proposed casinos.

Voters in Palmer will decide whether Mohegan Sun can move forward with its bid to secure the single western Massachusetts casino license.

Mohegan Sun’s $1 billion proposal is up against MGM’s proposal for a casino in Springfield.

In East Boston and Revere voters will weigh in Tuesday on Suffolk Downs’ proposed $1 billion casino at the 78-year-old thoroughbred racetrack. Favorable votes are needed before Suffolk Downs can apply to the state’s gambling commission for the sole eastern Massachusetts casino license.

A Suffolk Downs official said he was “very optimistic” about the vote despite fallout from the track’s recent decision to sever ties with its operating partner, Caesars Entertainment.

The final say on licenses belongs to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission.

A 2011 law authorized up to three casino licenses across the state.

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  • weasel

    Let the process of 1 out of 6 families financial structure be set on the path of destruction. Enjoy your short term property tax reductions and your evolving property value erosion. Crime, traffic, privacy, etc. etc. will be a distant memory very soon in Palmer.

  • tomtheone81389

    All for Palmer getting the casino

  • Lilmac1958

    Palmer’s decline started with the wire mills and has continued to decline with industry after industry closing their doors on us.Who will continue to pay for all the town’s fiscal departmental budgets and maintenance? When are we to see any relief for the medium or poverty level income families by way of tax relief or incentives? Where is Palmer’s growth? Mohegan Sun can stop the spiral effect happening to this town and has been for 50 plus years,give them a chance!!

  • tomtheone81389

    Def agree on giving Mohegan Sun a chance in Palmer!