Gov. to propose three new casinos in the state
Massachusetts Gov. Deval
Patrick is proposing three casino licenses up for grabs in the
the Boston Globe reports, Gov. Deval Patrick is expected to
unveil a plan to put three casino licenses on the table up for
grabs. The proposed three casinos would be located in the
western, south-eastern and greater metropolitan Boston regions,
according to a source close to the governor, and will bring
hundreds of millions to the state's treasury from license and
other fees, as well as from future taxes. A bidding process will
be utilized for the three possible casinos in Massachusetts and
some reports indicate that Suffolk Downs in East Boston and
Revere's Wonderland Park are already preparing themselves for a
bid on the new casino licenses.
A process is already under way by the
Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to build a casino in Middleborough,
Mass. and if the tribe moves on with this plan, it could make
for a fourth casino in the state. If the plan of the Gov.
Patrick succeeds, the tribe could simply bid for one of the
casino licenses and shorten the lengthier road to federal
Patrick's plan would still have to pass
the Massachusetts House of Representatives, which is well-known
for shutting down gambling initiatives in the state before.
Published on 09/17/2007