Edwin A. Gomes

Casino Expansion 'Open Competition' Bill Debated At The Capitol

Casino Expansion 'Open Competition' Bill Debated At The Capitol

As state legislators began discussion Thursday on a bill to scrap a license for a planned casino in East Windsor and open up the state to competitive bidding for expanded gambling, the city of Bridgeport came up a lot in the conversation.

The entire Bridgeport delegation, along with Mayor Joseph Ganim, said opening up casino bidding to all interested operators would boost a long-suffering city. A Bridgeport casino — as proposed by MGM Resorts International — brings the prospect of jobs and further economic development, they said. An MGM casino is already under construction in Springfield.

“It’s a way to help our largest city without writing a check for hundreds of millions...

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