HAMPDEN, Mass. (WWLP) – We know where the majority of Springfield residents stand on MGM’s casino proposal, but what about people from other cities and towns?
22News went to the Town of Hampden, a community that’s not considered a surrounding community. They won’t be getting any direct financial benefit from MGM’s casino.
Gennie Ford told 22News, “I’m going to vote for the casino. People win once in a while but most times you lose and why leave the money in Connecticut when we can leave the money in Massachusetts.”
However, some are conflicted. Including John Cushman, who works for a Springfield Union but lives in Hampden. He said, “I’m a Union carpenter. Local 108 in Springfield. For that, I’m all for it. If I lived in that neighborhood I would not be for it. I’d be against it.”
Jeffrey Ciuffreda is the President of the Affilated Chambers of Commerce of Greater Springfield. He told 22News the casino law is well written, and guarantees money for education, infrastructure that will benefit the entire commonwealth.
“Everybody says of Springfield is getting this much money and East Longmeadow and Agawam but it really does spread throughout the entire commonwealth and I don’t think that word has gotten out there because so much focus has been on the cite specifics,” said Ciuffreda.
There are 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. All of those communities will get the chance to make their voice heard in November when a possible binding repeal of the state’s casino law will appear on the ballot.