Report: Connecticut could lose $68.3 million from Springfield MGM casino

MGM Springfield rendering

MGM Springfield rendering

HARTFORD — The General Assembly’s fiscal office is predicting Connecticut could lose $68.3 million in revenue once MGM Resorts International’s planned casino opens in nearby Springfield, Massachusetts, in the fall of 2018.

The Office of Fiscal Analysis was asked to update lawmakers on the new casino’s potential impact on Connecticut’s revenues for fiscal year 2019.

Leaders of Connecticut’s two federally recognized tribes have warned that business at their two casinos in southeastern Connecticut will suffer once the MGM casino opens, and subsequently, slot-machine revenues to the state could decline. They’ve formed a company that’s seeking sites for a proposed, jointly run border casino to compete with MGM. It still needs legislative approval.

A spokesman for the tribes on Tuesday said the state and tribes need to prevent “losses of this magnitude.”