Overlook the British; are casinos ever coming to Massachusetts? (Image source: Britannica.com)
Last year, Massachusetts passed casino gambling legislation, but in 2013, it’s still uncertain whether that may lead to any actual casinos being integrated the state. While that law caused it to be possible for licensing as high as three casinos in various parts for the state (along with one slots parlor), a variety of reluctant communities and a brutally intrusive gaming commission are starting to create some wonder if anyone will ever get approved for a casino here.
Uphill Battle So Far
Here’s the fact: many communities have rejected the theory of getting a casino inside their neighborhood. East Boston and Palmer both said no to casinos on this previous Election Day, even though many other towns stopped proposals from going ahead before they ever got on the ballot. It doesn’t mean every casino has been refused, of course. Milford is working together with Foxwoods on a proposal that will be taken fully to a vote on November 19, while the town of Everett overwhelmingly authorized a Wynn project, with 87 percent of voters coming down in favor of it. And MGM won a casino vote in Springfield this summer also.
But that alone is not enough. The Massachusetts Gaming Commission must also accept the companies that will be running these gambling enterprises, and that’s needs to look like a real issue in some of those Read More