Massachusetts Rejects Referendum Aimed At Halting Legal Casinos
Pro gambling activists in Massachusetts got a major boost on Tuesday when voters upheld a law which would see legal casinos being built in the state. The planned referendum which anti-gambling activists campaigned was aimed at repealing a 2011 law that would pave the way for legal gambling in the state. The argument from the anti-gambling camp was that casinos would lead to gambling addiction and an increase in crime. The troubles legal casinos would cause would far outweigh the benefits like job creation and economic growth.
The pro gambling lobby pointed out that Massachusetts was losing out to neighboring Connecticut who already are attracting Massachusetts gamblers to their large casinos. The same gamblers would almost certainly gamble instate if they had the option.
There have already been two casino licenses awarded by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission which include one to the MGM Resorts International in Springfield and a second to Wynn Resorts. The Springfield license was put on hold after MGM themselves requested to wait for the referendum results. There are further gaming licenses pending which include a third license for a casino in the Cape Cod beach resort area as well as a slot-machines only license in the Rhode island border region.