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Western MA towns ask gaming commission for money from MGM

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Western Mass. towns and businesses stood in front of the Mass. Gaming Commission in Boston Tuesday and presented why they believed they should get money from MGM Springfield.

Hampden, Longmeadow and Northampton attempted to convince the Mass. Gaming Commission of the impact a casino in Springfield would bring to their communities.

Representatives from Longmeadow have asked for nearly $1 million up front and $500,000 a year, plus yearly increases. The traffic from Connecticut will increase dramatically, especially on Route 5 and other secondary roads, according to Longmeadow officials.

Representatives from the Majestic Theater in West Springfield and the Big E were in Boston as well.

MGM was allowed a chance to respond after each town and venue made its case.

Mohegan Sun has struck deals with seven surrounding communities near their proposed $1.3 billion resort. Mohegan Sun is attempting to build in Revere on land owned by Suffolk Downs. Mohegan has reached a deal with Cambridge, Chelsea and Lynn to name a few, but has not yet reached a deal with Boston. The deals provide a combined $3.75 million to offset any potential impacts the casino could bring to their communities.

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