Talks continue in Mass. casino plans

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March 1, 2012, 8:29 am

(NECN) - Talks are underway for the Wampanoag Tribe to build a casino in Taunton, Mass.

The likeliest location is expected to be the Liberty and Union Industrial Park at Routes 24 and 140, near the Silver City Galleria Mall.

The tribe's chairman says the casino will be a good neighbor, someone the mayor says the city will welcome with open arms.

"A destination resort with hotels and spas and all the entertainment amenities and things that families would enjoy so it'd be a family friendly location," Tribal Chair Cedric Cromwell said.

"This could potentially be the shot in the arm that our city needs to once again be the gem of southern New England," Mayor Thomas Hoye said.

Under the casino law, the tribe gets the exclusive first right to the southeastern Massachusetts casino license, but they have until July 31 to secure the land in Taunton.

No casino will be built until it passes the strict guidelines and gets approval from the gaming commission. Much of that is pegged to revenue and jobs.

Director of the Center for Policy Analysis at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Clyde Barrow joined "The Morning Show" to break down the pending casino deal.

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