Massachusetts Prepares to Vote on Two Casino Proposals
Earlier this week supporters and opponents of two high-profile Massachusetts casino proposals made their final presentations to local residents before a critical vote which could determine if the projects go ahead.The racetrack Suffolk Downs is relying on a plan for a $1 billion resort casino for its future. The track is in-between East Boston and Revere and needs referendums to be approved by both communities before it can apply to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for the only eastern Massachusetts casino license.
Mohegan Sun is hoping for the only western Massachusetts license and is asking voters in the town of Palmer to allow a $1 billion casino and entertainment complex just off the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Both projects have been working for years to raise local support, however, their opponents have been active for just as long.
Opponents to the Suffolk Down project say that the casino would result in traffic congestion and harm small businesses. Opponents to the Palmer proposal say that it would ruin the community’s rural character by increasing crime, traffic and noise.
However, both projects have vast amounts of support and when the votes take place this week it would not be surprising to see them both pass.