Rodney Butler and Kevin Brown: Tribes committed to new casino in Connecticut

Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler, left, and Mohegan Tribe Chairman Kevin Brown. Photo from CT Jobs Matter

Chairman Rodney Butler of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation and Chairman Kevin Brown of the the Mohegan Tribe are still working on plans for a third potential casino in Connecticut:
While it's taken longer than we expected, our goal hasn't changed.

MGM Springfield, the nearly billion-dollar casino that's under construction right across our border and expected to open in the fall of 2018, still poses a massive threat to Connecticut's economy. Unless we fight back, Connecticut will lose 9,300 jobs and $702 million to Massachusetts, devastating working families across the state and depriving our government of badly needed revenue. These losses will have a ripple effect, impacting not only our industry but also the small businesses and other partners who depend on Connecticut's casinos.

To the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot tribes, which have called Connecticut home for centuries, this vision of the future is unacceptable. Instead of shrinking in the shadow of a big corporation, our two tribes have come together to compete against our opponents in Massachusetts. When our new facility is successful, we'll be able to save almost half of the jobs that would otherwise be lost and 80 percent of the revenue.

Read More:
Rodney Butler and Kevin Brown: Casino Site Reopener: Tribes Want To Get It Right (The Hartford Courant 9/24)

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