Updated: Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009, 5:24 PM EDT
Published : Tuesday, 27 Oct 2009, 2:29 PM EDT
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - As Massachusetts lawmakers weigh whether to legalize new forms of gambling, Mohegan Sun is holding the first of a series of forums to promote its proposed casino in Palmer.
The project would include slot machines, table games and poker, a 600-room hotel and spa, stores and restaurants. A public meeting is planned Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Springfield Monarch Place Hotel in Springfield from 5-7.
Mohegan Sun, which operates one of two casinos in Connecticut, says the Palmer casino would create about 1,000 construction jobs and 2,500 to 3,000 permanent jobs, generate tax revenue and help tourism.
Gambling opponents say supporters are inflating the money-making potential of casinos.
The first major casino hearing of the legislative session is planned Thursday.