These Milford, Massachusetts anti-Foxwoods Casino protesters carried the day once the project was defeated by voters recently (Image supply: AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Sorry, Foxwoods: it appears you’re not wanted in Massachusetts, either. The Connecticut gambling giant had been soundly defeated at the polls this week, as voters in the town of Milford, Massachusetts decided they did not want a casino resort in their backyards.
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This is becoming a routine story in Massachusetts, where voters rejected proposals in East Boston and Palmer earlier this thirty days. In this situation, Foxwoods had been searching to create a $1 billion complex in the Boston-area city to compete for that region’s sole casino license.
When the first returns began coming in, it had been clear that the casino vote wasn’t going to get Foxwoods’ way. CEO Scott Butera quickly conceded defeat once the polls closed, telling casino supporters that the vote meant that plans for the casino would absolutely not be going forward. Once all the votes were in, the margin had been enormous: 6,361 against the plan, and 3,480 for it, or about a 65%-35% split.
Foxwoods spent a big amount of money promoting the casino, but it wasn’t enough to convince locals that it was a great deal for the local economy, apparently. The opposition carried the day while they promoted the fact that there would be many new jobs created and mo