Saturday, February 25, 2012
Residents and leaders of towns surrounding Milford have begun online petitions, and are planning methods to influence state gaming commission members, all in expectation of a casino proposal.
State legislation that will allow up to three casinos in Massachusetts did not give neighboring communities a vote in whether a gambling resort can locate in a community. So, if Milford voters decide to endorse a casino proposal, voters in Grafton, Hopkinton, Upton and Holliston, among other communities, can't block it. But they can try to head one off before it gets to that point, by making a case to the state Gaming Commission that the Milford proposal will not be beneficial. Opponents who worry a casino proposal might become viable in Milford are stepping up their organizational efforts. As the Boston Globe reported this week, activists in Holliston have started grassroots efforts to build opposition to the casino, and make a factual …
Friday, February 24, 2012
In a protest against a casino in Milford, more than 300 residents have signed a petition to express opposition to the proposed facility.
Although casino discussions around the state seem to have hit a lull since Gov. Deval Patrick approved the legislation allowing three resort-style casinos to come to the state, many people have been working behind the scenes and holding public meetings to discuss what impact a casino in Milford could have on the area. Last week a group of MetroWest area residents began an online petition speaking out against the proposal. “I have signed this online petition to express my opposition to the proposed development of a destination casino in Milford.
I believe a destination resort casino, sited in a residential area, will be an assault on our quality of life: making our community less safe, cannibalizing existing businesses, causing long-…
Thursday, November 17, 2011
The revised casino bill sent to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature Wednesday afternoon would send about $15 million less to local communities, diverting the money instead to the state's horse racing industry.
After numerous last-minute changes, a bill that would allow up to three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts was approved Wednesday afternoon and sent to Gov. Deval Patrick for his signature. The bill includes some changes from previous versions approved separately by the state House of Representatives and state Senate. In the final bill, lawmakers agreed to divert funds fromcasino profits to the state's horse racingindustry, according to the Boston Globe. The amount is estimated at $15 million, and otherwise would have gone to local aid provided to communities. Milford could potentially be a host site. A developer, David Nunes, has said he plans to file an application for a casino license on property to the east of Interstate 495, near …