BOSTON (WWLP) - The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is trying to get a casino deal approved by the State Legislature; if the agreement is passed it would benefit western Massachusetts.
If the State Legislature doesn't approve a tribal casino deal, also known as a compact, the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe might be able to build a casino independent of the state.
That means Massachusetts would not receive any tax revenue from them. It also creates the possibility of having a fourth casino in the southeastern part of the state.
State lawmakers and casino developers do no want that to happen. They're trying to get a tribal gaming compact approved for the second time in as many years as quickly as possible.
According to Sen. Gale Candaras, (D) Wilbraham, "Adding another license to the mix would water down the value so western Mass. and MGM's interest in this case, at least to the extent that the ultimate licensee may be MGM, is apparently better served by approval of the compact as quickly as possible."
A few weeks ago, MGM Resorts International submitted a letter to the Massachusetts Gaming Commission . MGM wants the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to strike a casino deal with the state and federal government so that they don't compete with a fourth casino in the state.