Pro-casino groups are pushing plans that would create a number of new casinos, and boost job creation in Michigan and Massachusetts.
In Michigan, Citizens for More Michigan Jobs said a ballot measure to approve 8 new private casinos in the state would create 7,280 direct casino jobs, and generate more than 8,000 temporary construction openings and 4,558 indirect permanent positions, as well as bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue every year.
We're looking at thousands of much-needed jobs, group spokesman T.J. Bucholz told the Detroit Free Press. "We're looking at increasing revenues, not just to the state, but to communities that agree to place these casinos inside their boundaries. ... This proposal would lock in casino revenues that would go directly to cash-starved communities. No one in local government says that they have a cash surplus problem."
According to the American Gaming Association, Michiganders spent $1.42 billion on gaming last year.
Meanwhile in Massachusetts, casino giant MGM Resorts International has unveiled a plan to build a gaming complex on 10 acres of land in the heart of downtown Springfield in the western part of the state, which is an area heavily damaged by a tornado last summer, according to CBS MoneyWatch.
MGM wants to be in Springfield, MGM head Jim Murren told a recent gathering of elected officials, business and labor leaders. "We think we can contribute to the economic revitalization of this city."
The casino, which will include a 250-room hotel, movie theater and "high-end" bowling alley, is expected to create 2,000 construction jobs, as well as thousands of permanent positions including for cage workers who handle financial transactions, booth cashiers, dealers and surveillance officers.
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