SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Monday, State Auditor Suzanne Bump announced that Plainridge Park Casino did not meet its goal of hiring 90% of its workforce locally. The most recent audit showed only 36% of employees lived in Plainville or surrounding communities. Bump criticized the Massachusetts Gaming Commission for not ensuring the casino hit its benchmark.
Monday night, 22News was working for you to find out what the hiring plans are for MGM Springfield. The company had told 22News, that they also plan to hire 90% of the workforce from Springfield and surrounding communities. So we asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission how they plan to make sure the goal is met.
The gaming commission’s Elaine Driscoll said she was “Unable to speculate” but did say “The gaming commission will continue to closely monitor MGM Springfield’s progress and make decisions based on the facts before us at that time.” In a response to the audit, the gaming commission also said in order to better track compliance, they’ll be implementing a newly formed Internal Audit group.
“I think that was one of the few things that was a promise when the casino came in… more jobs. If we don’t get them, the people that need them are going to be let down,” said Victor Novak of Springfield.
After speaking with the gaming commission, 22News also asked MGM Springfield directly, how they plan to make sure their local workforce goal of 90% is met. MGM Springfield Spokesman Carole Brennan responded with this statement:
“Each licensee has made commitments unique to their own property, and community. MGM Springfield will continue to work hard to meet all of our diverse construction and operational workforce goals, including our commitment to employ residents of the City of Springfield and the region. Complementary curriculums and training are underway in collaboration with our government, community and educational partners.”
To read about the State Auditor’s report into Plainridge Park Casino, Click Here: