Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
The Massachusetts Senate signed off Thursday on a revised casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
After being stalled on Beacon Hill for months, a casino compact between Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe may finally be inching forward.
Gov. Deval Patrick is calling for swift ratification by the Legislature of a revised casino compact with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe that would provide the state with 17 percent of gambling revenues from a proposed tribal casino in Taunton.
Lawmakers are reviewing the casino agreement between the state and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
Gov. Deval Patrick’s administration announced a tentative casino compact Wednesday with the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe.
If approved, Saturday’s referendum in Taunton — while nonbinding — would mark the first time local residents have expressed support for a casino project at the ballot box since Gov. Deval Patrick signed the state’s new gambling law last year.
The Mashpee Wampanoag tribe has entered into an option to buy land in Taunton on which it intends to build a resort casino.
In just the past five years, the tally for all that lobbying topped $11.4 million, according to a review of state lobbying records by The Associated Press.