SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) - As Massachusetts lawmakers weigh whether to legalize new formsof gambling, Mohegan Sun is holding the first of a series of forumsto 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 meetingis planned Tuesday evening at the Sheraton Springfield MonarchPlace 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 jobsand 2,500 to 3,000 permanent jobs, generate tax revenue and helptourism.
Gambling opponents say supporters are inflating the money-makingpotential of casinos.
The first major casino hearing of the legislative session isplanned Thursday.
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