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MGM Reacts to Court Ruling on Ballot Question


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — MGM says they will continue their years-long push for a resort-style casino project for Springfield.

That news comes after the state’s highest court ruled that a ballot initiative to repeal casino gaming can appear on the November ballot.

In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis says that MGM Resorts International “has spent three years collaborating and talking with the people of Western Massachusetts on the value of a casino resort as a unique economic development catalyst.”

Mathis goes on to explain the company feels “confident” that their “urban revitalization project in Springfield” will resonate with voters across the Commonwealth.

“It is a comeback story in progress with hard-working people eager to grow jobs and get back to work,” the statement adds.

With the news of the casino repeal initiative now on the November, MGM says they are ready to now take their message across the state.

Mathis concludes by saying, “We are fully prepared to extend this message to a larger audience through a statewide campaign to educate the voters on the enormous economic benefits that would be lost to the taxpayers of the Commonwealth in a repeal.”

MGM has proposed an $800 million resort-casino project for Springfield’s South End.

The Mass. Gaming Commission named the company the designated licensee for the sole western Mass. casino license on June 13.

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