MGM interested in building casino in CT; Would require law to change


WITH PARTLY TO
RICH:
THE CASINO WARS ARE HEATING UP
IN CONNECTICUT… AS MGM TRIES
TO
CONVINCE LAWMAKERS TO ALLOW
COMMERCIAL COMPANIES TO BID ON
CASINO PROJECTS.
KAIT:
22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA
SACHARCZYK
JOINS US LIVE BY THE MGM
SPRINGFIELD CONSTRUCTION ZONE TO
EXPLAIN WHY MGM
IS INTERESTED IN BUILDING A
CASINO OVER IN CONNECTICUT.
TAMARA:
MGM HOPES THEIR SPRINGFIELD
CASINO WILL ATTRACT CUSTOMERS
FROM
MASSACHUSETTS, AND CONNECTICUT,
BUT THEY ALSO WANT TO REACH
PEOPLE IN NEW
YORK.
THAT’S WHY THEY’RE INTERESTED IN
BUILDING ANOTHER CASINO IN
SOUTHWESTERN CONNECTICUT.
THE TWO TRIBES THAT ALREADY OWN
CASINOS IN CONNECTICUT ARE
TRYING TO CONVINCE STATE
LAWMAKERS THAT WOULD BE A BAD
IDEA.
CONNECTICUT STATE LAWMAKERS MET
ON MONDAY TO DISCUSS A BILL,
THAT WOULD
ALLOW COMMERCIAL COMPANIES TO
PROPOSE CASINO PROJECTS.
MGM SAID THEY’D BE INTERESTED IN
BIDDING ON A PROJECT IN
SOUTHWESTERN
CONNECTICUT, IF THAT BILL WERE
TO PASS.
RIGHT NOW, THE STATE HAS AN
EXCLUSIVITY AGREEMENT WITH THE
MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT AND MOHEGAN
TRIBES.. WHICH FOXWOODS
AND MOHEGAN SUN.
IF THE BILL WERE TO PASS, IT
WOULD BREAK THAT AGREEMENT,
WHICH MEANS THE
TRIBES WOULD NO LONGER HAVE TO
SEND MONTHLY PAYMENTS TO
HARTFORD
THEY CLAIM, THE STATE WOULD LOSE
OUT ON $86-MILLION DOLLARS A
YEAR
WITHOUT THAT MONEY.

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