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Awarding Of Casino License Could Help Put Springfield Budget In The Black

MGM Springfield

Budget-writers for the city of Springfield, Massachusetts must work to close a $21.5 million dollar gap.

Springfield’s Chief Administration and Finance Officer T.J. Plante said through a combination of finding additional revenue sources, tapping into reserves, and cutting spending the city will come up with a balanced budget in time for the new fiscal year on July 1st.

"We are going to do everything we can to avoid service cuts and layoffs," said Plante.

One possible source of new revenue for the city is the proposed MGM casino. If the Massachusetts Gaming Commission awards a license to MGM by the end of May the city will receive $3 million under the terms of its casino host community agreement.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.