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.