Mohegans Continue Fight to Take Connecticut Jobs. Tribe Still Pursuing Revere Casino.
The Mohegans want competition for new casinos in Massachusetts but not Connecticut. The Connecticut-based tribe is suing the Massachusetts Gaming Commission over its decision to deny the Mohegans a license to build a casino in Revere. That regional license under the 2011 Massachusetts law to legalize and regulate casino gambling went to Wynn Resorts and its Everett proposal.
The Mohegans Friday won a Supreme Judicial Court decision which remanded the Mohegan claim that it was unfairly treated by the commission in the licensing process. The tribe claims the Massachusetts process was secretive and unfair. The Mohegans and the Mahantucket Pequots are seeking a license to engage in the joint operation of a casino in East Windsor, Connecticut. No other gaming operations were allowed to submit proposals for that far-off-reservation property.
The tribes have raised concerns about the impact of Massachusetts casinos on their southeastern Connecticut operations, particularly one being built by MGM in Springfield.
The Mohegans have not provided estimates on the cost to Connecticut jobs and revenues their Everett proposal would have on their native state.