Boston Mayor Marty Walsh Sues To Stop The Everett Casino

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Massachusetts' cautious entry into the world of legalized casino gambling has not followed a straight or a certain path, but it's probably safe to say there will be casinos in the state one day.

The gaming commission has approved one in greater Boston, in the city of Everett. But if Boston Mayor Marty Walsh gets his way, that casino might not become a reality. The Walsh administration has filed a lawsuit against the state gaming commission that could throw up a big hurdle and maybe even derail the $2 billion project.

The suit says that Boston should have status as a host community, because so much of the casino traffic will go through the city and that Boston residents should have a binding vote on whether the project goes forward at all.


Martin J. Walsh, mayor of Boston. He tweets at @marty_walsh.

John Hanlon, Everett city councilor at large and former mayor.


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  • "Wynn Resorts has taken a key step forward in its development of a resort casino in Everett, finalizing a deal for the land where the casino would be built. But developers are now facing a new challenge: a lawsuit seeking to block the casino altogether."

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  • "Throughout his first year in office, the mayor has repeatedly blasted the five-member commission — sometimes in highly personal tones — and the 75-page lawsuit in Suffolk Superior Court is packed with heated rhetoric against the panel."

This article was originally published on January 06, 2015.

This segment aired on January 6, 2015.


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