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MGM asks gaming commission for approval to start construction

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MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis. MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis.
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BOSTON, MA (WSHM) -

MGM asked the Massachusetts Gaming Commission (MGC) to grant it a provisional license so the company can start construction on an $800 million resort and casino in downtown Springfield.

During a hearing of the MGC in Boston Thursday, MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis said that MGM risks losing about $200 million in state fees and other payments because of doubt around efforts to revoke Massachusetts' 2011 casino law.

Mathis asked the MGC to grant MGM a temporary license that did not require the initial state fees, but essentially gave MGM the rights of a full casino license holder.

Mathis' request comes before the Massachusetts State Supreme Court hears arguments May 5 after an appeal was brought by a group that wants to place an anti-casino vote on the ballot in the upcoming November election.

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