Gaming Battle May Not Be Over

From Ken Dixon, CT Post:

The tribes are going ahead now with their $300 million East Windsor project along Interstate 91, about 17 miles south of Springfield. But the tribal leaders and lawmakers understand that MGM’s fight will go on in the courts and possibly the Bureau of Indian Affairs. “I believe going off the reservation makes this whole argument so much different that what has happened in the past,” said Amann who wants the Schaghticokes to get a chance to bid on a Southwestern Connecticut casino, possibly in Bridgeport. “It’s unconstitutional.”

Uri Clinton, MGM’s vice president and deputy general counsel, declined to say whether the company is lobbying the Bureau of Indian Affairs to reject the tribes’ expansion effort and the new memorandum.

“We’ve had a very strong position that legally there are constitutional issues we’re going to be pursuing,” Clinton said. “Litigation is part of the strategy. We really made a significant investment in trying to get a seat at the table, and we really value access to the New York market if that opportunity presents itself. Some people thought we were just trying to block, but last year we made a significant commitment to the state and we’re planning to engage next (legislative) session.”

Full story here.



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