Tomahawk, WI 01/22/2014 (BasicsMedia) – The ambitious plans to start a casino in Massachusetts, USA by American resorts and casino company MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM) have hit roadblocks with mixed opinions voiced by legislators, public welfare groups and the likes.

Public Dissent and Opposition

Casinos are seen as new and often, heavy and undesired overheads by many including state and local authorities and law enforcement agencies, owing to apprehensions over casinos’ ability to trigger impending traffic spikes and heighten crime rates, while also significant digressions that could lead to losses like travel and tourism prospects and depleted revenues. While MGM’s casino is still pending approval by the Massachusetts state, residents of many cities and villages of the state have openly expressed their opposition to the casino.

However, Chief Executive of MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM), James Murren has been confident of his plan seeing the light of day to build a sprawling gambling casino in the city of Springfield, located in the western part of the Massachusetts state and some 90 mile west of Boston, pointing that the deal would see regulatory approval.

Massachusetts and its Economic Highlights

The state, which currently hosts a Six Flags theme park and the Basketball Hall of Fame, has seen local officials in Springfield and Murren himself heavily lobby for the casino, hailing it as quintessential to bolstering the economy of the third largest city in Massachusetts. Realities, however, are to the contrary, with one in every four residents falling under the poverty line, which contributes to more than twice the state’s average.

Overall Prospects for Casinos in U.S.

With mixed reactions and success rate worldwide, casino gambling has seen bottlenecks success in New England. Quite to the contrary, Maine state authorities permitted two small casinos, inspired by the success of two large casinos owned by Indians in the state of Connecticut. But again, New Hampshire state legislators recently disqualified a casino-related bill.

This is not the first time casino project proposals have met with local opposition and dissent in Massachusetts communities. A previous casino project with a construction cost around $1 billion and backed by well-known entertainment firm Caesars Entertainment Corp to be built on a horseracing track saw heavy local uprising and heat. East Boston too rejected a proposal for a casino in the past. Come April 2014 and there is a fleeting chance that the Massachusetts Gambling Commission, the apex body deciding on conferring the casino license for resort casinos, might give MGM Resorts International (NYSE:MGM)

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