Massachusetts’ Mayors Hope Casinos Remain a Possibility
There were ups and downs for Massachusetts’ gambling industry last week as executives described plans to build billion-dollar casinos in Revere and Everett and the Supreme Judicial Court ruled that voters will have the chance to ban gambling at the polls in November.
The two cities are now concerned that they will not have the chance to benefit from the $25 million each year promised by Mohegan Sun and Wynn Resorts.
Mohegan Sun has promised to give Revere more than $100 million over the first four years as well as spend at least $45 million on roadway improvements.
The Mayor of Revere, Dan Rizzo, hopes the voters will understand the economic benefits of allowing casinos. He said that he is confident that people “will vote for jobs, they’ll vote for revenues.”
Everett’s Mayor, Carlo DeMaria Jr., believes that people would simply leave the state to gamble if casinos are banned. His city would gain more than $100 million if Wynn Resorts is granted a license and DeMaria believes that people will see this as a jobs bill.
All hope is not lost for the casino developments, voters in each city have come out overwhelmingly in support of casinos in previous referendums and given the amount of jobs at stake it is likely they will do so again.