- House of Representatives approves the proposal submitted by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes
- The Senate set to give its final verdict next week
The latest news from the Connecticut House of Representatives indicates this US state could get its very first casino located on non-tribal land. The state and the two tribes, the Mohegans and Mashantucket Pequots, have been negotiating revisions to the current agreements, in order to allow for a satellite casino not located on tribal land. Lawmakers have supported this proposal with an overwhelming majority, allowing it to proceed to the state Senate.
The main reason for these proposed changes is the competition. Namely, the tribes want to build a satellite casino in East Windsor to try and compete with the neighboring MGM Resorts located in Massachusetts.
Details of the revised agreement stipulate that the current revenue sharing agreement between the state and the tribes, who currently operate Mohegan Sun and Foxwoods Resort, will remain intact.
With Governor Dannel P. Malloy signing the agreement and the House of Representatives ratifying it, the project is close to getting underway.
However, the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs still needs to put its signature on the paper, and the Senate needs to give the final approval. The vote should take place sometime next week, and, if everything goes as planned, the tribes will probably waste no time getting started with the construction.
Protecting and creating jobs
According to the proposal submitted by the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, creating competition for the Springfield casino will serve multiple purposes. One of them is protecting jobs of those employed by the two currently existing casinos in Connecticut. Right now, there are more than 9,000 people making their living working in one of these two venues.
The new casino in East Windsor should create additional 1,200 job posts, and it is likely to deter players from crossing the state border to gamble in Massachusetts.
However, there are other questions that still remain unanswered. Some politicians have expressed their concerns that allowing the East Windsor casino could open “Pandora’s box” of internal and external issues, from increased problem gambling to potential lawsuits due to going against the state and federal constitutions.
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