Ah, sweet victory: Steve Wynn’s Everett, Massachusetts casino can finally progress following a referendum vote supporting casinos passed night that is last.
Residents of Massachusetts have selected to uphold the state’s three-year-old casino law, voting overwhelmingly in yesterday’s midterms in favor of maintaining the fledgling casino market, while the polls had predicted.
Somewhat confusingly, ‘no’ meant ‘yes’ for casinos on this ballot, as voters were asked perhaps the statutory legislation must certanly be repealed, with 59.5 per cent to 40.5 percent deciding that no, it will never be repealed, meaning that yes, they wanted casinos.
Some commentators have actually suggested that the language used in posing the relevant question was deliberately muddled and designed to confuse.
Nonetheless, it’s a victory for MGM and Wynn Resorts, who have had their respective projects given the greenlight by regulators and who can now finally and definitely go forward with the licensing process, a privilege which is why they will fork out $85 million a bit before a single cornerstone is laid.
Not surprisingly, casino executives had been jubilant and anxious to emphasize just what the casinos will do for their future communities.
‘Voters across the Commonwealth of Massachusetts today voiced their support of the 10,000 job that is permanent and significant financial benefits provided by the Gaming Act of 2011,’ said pleased MGM Chairman and Fortsett å lese Massachusetts Pro-Casino Referendum Takes the Day