Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont has asked the two Indian tribes to reconsider their plans to create a new East Windsor Casino.
The governor has asked them to reconsider their plans in lieu of legalizing sports betting in the state and also creating a new Bridgeport casino. Moreover, he has also offered a chance to redevelop and add gambling operations to the XL Center in Hartford.
The Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes have not yet confirmed if they agree with the governor’s offer. The tribes have been seeking to open a $300 million East Windsor casino to compete with rival MGM Springfield.
Earlier last week, a bipartisan group of lawmakers in Connecticut announced a bill on Wednesday which calls for authorizing a casino in Bridgeport and regulating sports betting and mobile gambling.
The group of lawmakers has named the new bill as the Connecticut Jobs and Revenue Act. The bill claims to further strengthen the ties between the state and the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes.
While the two tribes are seeking expansion and creation of a new casino to mitigate the revenue losses and compete with MGM Springfield, experts have said that the negative impact of MGM Springfield Casino is not as high as it has been feared.