Massachusetts Pro-Casino Referendum Takes the Day

Massachusetts Pro-Casino Referendum Takes the Day

Ah, sweet victory: Steve Wynn’s Everett, Massachusetts casino can finally move forward after having a referendum vote supporting casinos passed last night.

Residents of Massachusetts have selected to uphold the state’s three-year-old casino law, voting overwhelmingly in yesterday’s midterms in favor of maintaining the fledgling casino market, since the polls had predicted.

Somewhat confusingly, ‘no’ meant ‘yes’ for casinos on this ballot, as voters were asked if the statutory legislation should really be repealed, with 59.5 per cent to 40.5 percent deciding that no, it should not be repealed, meaning that yes, they desired gambling enterprises.

Some commentators have suggested that the language used in posing the relevant question was deliberately muddled and designed to confuse.

Nevertheless, it’s a victory for MGM and Wynn Resorts, who may have had their respective projects given the greenlight by regulators and who can now finally and definitely move forward with the licensing procedure, a privilege for which they will fork out $85 million a piece before a cornerstone that is single set.

Not surprisingly, casino executives were jubilant and anxious to emphasize just what the casinos will do for their future communities.

‘Voters across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today voiced their support of the 10,000 permanent job opportunities and significant financial benefits given by the Gaming Act of 2011,’ said pleased MGM Cha Continue reading Massachusetts Pro-Casino Referendum Takes the Day