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Massachusetts Governor Shake hands with the tribe for the casino pact | 21st July 2012 : WorldCasinoYellowPages

Massachusetts Governor Shake hands with the tribe for the casino pact

... 21 July 2012

The representatives of Gov. Devel Patrick informed about a casino deal with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe for setting up of a resort casino in Taunton. This deal is obligatory for the tribe that has approved of it and is looking forward to get consent from the State Legislature before the closing date i.e. 31st July of the fresh casino law of the state. The casino will be located at an industrial park, positioned at the crossroads of 24 and 140 Routes. Around $500 million will be spent for the 150,000 sq ft expansion of this casino over an area of 146 acres. As stated by Patrick, this deal is beneficial for all concerned and praised the tribe for their kind co-operation. The fact has been confirmed by the tribe spokesperson Cedric Cromwell according to whom it is a positive move for the tribe based in Cape Cod. The casino seems to prove a turning point as far as economic self-dependence and basic requirements of the tribe are concerned, he said. At the same time, the state is taking care that the deal should be fair towards the native rights of the tribe and safety of Commonwealth. It has been agreed that 21.5% of the revenues collected by the casino will be paid to the state that will check any possible disobedience or criminal acts at the casino. Once the pact gets due approval, the tribe will be in-charge of the casino in association with the state. A five-member committee of Massachusetts Gaming Commission in accordance with the gambling law of the state would keep an eye on the activities of the casino via Tribal Gaming Commission. The tribe gives its consent to prohibit smoking in the casino. Further, the city will be paid around $33 million and $13 million as straight and annual payments respectively after commencement of the casino. After getting authorization, the casino will remain operational for a period of fifteen years. The deal is supported by the Voters of Taunton also in an open meeting that took place on 9th of June. On the other hand, Tony LaCourse- the leader of Preserve Taunton’s Future, an anti-casino group is not at all astonished by the deal because according to him the tribe still has to face another big fight. The chief concern i.e. to get access to the land is still pending and it has not reached any worthwhile conclusion.

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