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Asked if he felt the Trump administration was trying to politicize the incident, Gov. Ned Lamont responded: "God, I hope not. I can't think of anything more cynical than that. Broadly speaking, militarization of this situation is not the right thing to do."
The state’s two casinos will not be reopening on June 1, as Gov. Ned Lamont has hoped. Instead, they will begin to reopen May 30.
Senior Vice President of Resort Operations Jason Guyot will serve as interim CEO as a search for John James' permanent replacement gets underway.
"This was an attempted power play by the tribes to use the pandemic to bypass the legislature not only to gain approval for online gambling but to gain the exclusive right to offer it in Connecticut,” wrote Hwang and former Rep. Robert Steele.
“We’re just following multiple states in establishing some sports betting in our state," says Rep. Joseph Gresko (D-Stratford). "This way we keep that potential revenue here in the State of Connecticut.”
“Unfortunately, Governor Lamont appears to be saying that the state can either adopt his singular proposal on gaming, or do nothing at all,” Mohegan Chairman James Gessner said.
Uncertainty over just how much demand there is for more casino gambling in the region was cited as a factor in the decision.
Murren's efforts in Springfield and Yonkers have yet to produce stellar results.
MGM Resorts vowed to "pursue all legal options" to gain a place in Connecticut's gaming industry.
The Connecticut casinos do not report their table-games revenue and do not share those earnings with the state.
In its motion, Interior argues that the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act cited by MGM is not relevant to the case because the nations are not looking to build a casino on tribal lands.
MGM admits that its hopes to siphon loyal Foxwoods and Mohegan Sun gamblers across the border were overly optimistic.
The two federally recognized tribes aren't willing to trade their already approved joint venture in East Windsor for the rights to a Bridgeport casino.
Mohegan Sun is the 11th largest employer in the state, the report said, with Foxwoods 12th.