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November 19, 2017 | Edition Nº3368

Statewide survey commissioned by MGM Resorts International

71% of likely voters want open bid for third casino in Connecticut - poll

71% of likely voters want open bid for third casino in Connecticut - poll
There are two competing bills working their way through the General Assembly. One to allow the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build in East Windsor and the other to open the process to any interested entity.
United States | 05/18/2017

There are two competing bills working their way through the General Assembly. One to allow the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to build in East Windsor and the other to open the process to any interested entity.

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ccording to a report published by The Westerly Sun, Connecticut's likely voters preferred the competitive bill when asked about which legislation they would support. The survey showed that only 19% of locals approved the East Windsor tribal proposal, which is meant to compete with the MGM casino opening in Springfield.

Additionally, 85 percent of likely voters said state law should require a referendum in a host town prior to construction of a casino.

“Likely voters in Connecticut are speaking with one voice, loudly and clearly, for an open, competitive process to select a developer for the state’s first commercial casino,” Uri Clinton, MGM senior vice president and legal counsel, said. “That’s unequivocally the bill they want the legislature to pass.”

Of the $250 million licensing fee, the poll shows that 68 percent of likely voters support the state receiving at least $85 million, in addition to fees provided to the host town.

Eighty-six percent say the developer should pay for infrastructure upgrades in the area surrounding a casino.

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