Bill allowing East Windsor casino passed Connecticut Senate

Bill allowing East Windsor casino passed Connecticut Senate


CLEARED A MAJOR HURDLE BUT IT’S
NOT A DONE DEAL JUST YET.
BARRY:
GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO
22NEWS AT SIX. I’M BARRY KRIGER.
JULIANA:
AND I’M JULIANA MAZZA
JULIANA:
CONNECTICUT’S STATE SENATE TODAY
APPROVED A BILL MOVING A
PROPOSED
THIRD TRIBAL CASINO ONE STEP
CLOSER TO REALITY. BARRY:
22NEWS REPORTER TAMARA
SACHARCZYK EXPLAINS THE IMPACT A
CASINO IN EAST
WINDSOR COULD HAVE ON MGM
SPRINGFIELD.
SPRINGFIELD RESIDENTS ARE
TOSSING THE DICE, AND HOPING THE
ODDS
LAND IN MGM SPRINGFIELD’S FAVOR.
I THINK MGM WILL COME OUT
ALRIGHT IN THE END.
THE STATE SENATE IN CONNECTICUT
APPROVED A BILL WEDNESDAY, THAT
WOULD CLEAR THE WAY FOR TWO
NATIVE AMERICAN TRIBES TO BUILD
A THIRD CASINO
AT THE FORMER SHOWCASE CINEMAS
PROPERTY IN EAST WINDSOR.
THE PROPOSED CASINO WOULD BE
LOCATED ABOUT 20 MINUTES AWAY
FROM
DOWNTOWN SPRINGFIELD, WHICH
MEANS IT WOULD DIRECTLY COMPETE
WITH MGM SPRINGFIELD FOR
EMPLOYEES AND CUSTOMERS.
TAMARA SACHARCZYK
RIGHT NOW, THE CLOSEST
COMPETITION TO MGM
SPRINGFIELD IS A CASINO THAT’S
ABOUT 60-MILES AWAY, BUT IF THE
EAST WINDSOR CASINO IS
APPROVED, IT WOULD CREATE
COMPETITION LESS THAN 20-MILES
AWAY, A DISTANCE MANY PEOPLE SAY
IT FAR TOO CLOSE.
THOMAS DAIGNEAU, SPRINGFIELD:
WHAT IT’S GOING TO HURT IS
TAKING THE CLIENTELE AS
FAR AS GOING FOR GAMBLING, WHERE
THEY WOULD HAVE COME UP HERE,
THEY’RE GOING TO
STAY DOWN IN CONNECTICUT NOW.
THAT’S EXACTLY WHAT THE
MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT AND MOHEGAN
TRIBES
WANT TO SEE HAPPEN.
THEIR GOAL IS TO COMPETE WITH
MGM SPRINGFIELD TO KEEP JOBS AND
REVENUE IN
THE STATE, BUT SOME CONNECTICUT
RESIDENTS THINK A THIRD CASINO
WOULD
DO MORE HARM THAN GOOD.
JASMINE BYRD, WINDSOR LOCKS:
I DON’T THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA,
JUST BECAUSE OF THE
LOCATION. AS FAR AS SPRINGFIELD,
I WOULD PREFER TO TRAVEL OUT,
INSTEAD OF SEEING
ANOTHER CASINO DRAW MORE TRAFFIC
IN.
THE BILL STILL MUST BE APPROVED
BY CONNECTICUT’S HOUSE OF
REPRESENTATIVE AND GOVERNOR
BEFORE IT CAN BECOME LAW.

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