Plans for East Windsor casino stalled by federal judge

Plans for East Windsor casino stalled by federal judge


LIFTED ONCE THE INVESTIGATION IS COMPLETE. ASHLEY: PLANS FOR TWO CONNECTICUT TRIBES TO BUILD A EAST WINDSOR CASINO THAT WOULD COMPETE WITH MGM SPRINGFIELD HAS BEEN BLOCKED BY A FEDERAL JUDGE. 22NEWS REPORTER TASHANEA WHITLOW IS LIVE CONNECTICUT WITH AN UPDATE ON THE CASINO COMPETITION. TASHANEA WHITLOW: THE TRIBES THAT RUN FOXWOODS AND MOHEGAN SUN SECURED THE PERMITS FOR THE SITE, BUT SINCE THE TRIBES WANT TO BUILD ON NON-TRIBAL LAND, THEY NEED APPROVAL FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT. TWO TRIBES WORKING TOGETHER … 26 YEARS OF SERVICE. 20-THOUSAND JOBS. AND 7-BILLION DOLLARS TO THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT. THEY CALL IT…”.THE RIGHT PARTNERSHIP FOR CONNECTICUT,” WHICH MEANS, MGM SPRINGFIELD COULD BE A THREAT, IF THE STATE OPENS UP ITS GAMING INDUSTRY. ANNE SANDERS, MOHEGAN SUN, 15 YEAR EMPLOYEE HUMAN RESOURCES WELL, THE REVENUE THAT THEY’RE GOING TO TAKE FROM THE CASINOS IN CONNECTICUT. YOU KNOW, OUR GUESTS WILL GO THERE, INSTEAD COMING TO MOHEGAN SUN OR FOXWOODS. TASHANEA WHITLOW, WORKING FOR YOU THE EAST WINDSOR CASINO WOULD BE THE FIRST IN THE STATE OFF TRIBAL LANDS AND WOULD BE A DIRECT COMPETITOR OF MGM SPRINGFIELD, WHICH IS LOCATED ABOUT 12 MILES AWAY, BUT A FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKED THOSE PLANS. ANDREW DOBA, SPOKESPERSON MMCT WE’RE STILL REVIEWING OUR OPTIONS FOLLOWING THE COURT’S DECISION. OBVIOUSLY, NOT WHAT WE WANTED, BUT WE FEEL CONFIDANT THAT THERE’S A PATH FORWARD FOR US AND WE’RE LOOKING AT WHAT THOSE OPTIONS ARE FOR US. THE MASHANTUCKET PEQUOT TRIBE THAT RUNS FOXWOODS CASINO NEEDED AMENDMENTS GRANTED TO THEIR FEDERAL GAMBLING PROCEDURES IN ORDER TO ALLOW THEM TO OPEN A CASINO OFF OF TRIBAL LAND. WHEN THE SECRETARY OF THE INTERIOR DIDN’T GRANT THOSE AMENDMENTS, THEY JOINED FORCES WITH THE STATE OF CONNECTICUT AND SUED, BUT A FEDERAL JUDGE DISMISSED THE LAWSUIT. INTERIOR’S INSPECTOR GENERAL IS NOW INVESTIGATING THE DEPARTMENT’S HANDLING OF THE TRIBES’ CASINO APPLICATION. TASHANEA WHITLOW: REPORTER: MGM SPRINGFIELD SENT 22NEWS A STATEMENT. HEAD OVER TO OUR WEBSITE AT WWLP.COM TO READ THEIR RESPONSE. TW 22NEWS.

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