Trump-Tweet Leads To Tribal Casino Delay

By Ben Hamill - May 23 2019

Trump Now Casino Industry’s Public Enemy No 1

The casino industry has an enemy in Trump, it seems. Not that Trump is in need of any more enemies, what with his already being at odds with just about every non-republican living being, including China. Trump’s latest social media stunt involves a public call on his people not to vote in favour of a bill that will allow two plots of land in Mashpee and Tauton to be allocated to the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe. The tribe in 2016 received council approval to break land and construct a casino resort, but after the matter was put to a vote, residents in the area made known their disapproval of the application by way of a lawsuit. At the time, federal authorities had ended up suspending the approval, but the opportunity to proceed with construction has now presented itself in the way of House Bill 312, which if approved, will overturn the suspension.

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House Bill 312 was introduced by House Representative Bill Keating (Massachusetts) during January of this year, and immediately enjoyed the support of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. The Bill seeks to have the land, which measures 312 acres, reclassified as sovereign territory.

Residents: No Vegas Please

The opposing lawsuit filed by local residents stated that the applicants were concerned about the fact that the section of land would in effect be removed from the tax and regulatory jurisdiction of Massachusetts, Bristol County and also Taunton. The result would be that the tribe would be free from all administrative obligations and would be free to erect a Vegas-style casino resort on the land.

The tribe has issued its own plea, and has communicated by way of a statement that in the event that construction is put on hold indefinitely, it will be forced to close schools, lay off its government employees and basically lose everything that it has managed to accumulate for itself since it regained federal recognition in 2007.

Unlucky Licence No. 3

Three resort casino licenses have been made available in favour of the state of Massachusetts. Two of the three have been issued; one in favour of the MGM group and the other in favour of Wynn Resorts. Authorities appear to be holding out for an outcome with regards to House Bill 312 before the final licence is allocated.

Trump’s reaction has led to a further delay in the voting process.

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