(GROTON, CT) – Tribal Chairmen Kevin Brown and Rodney Butler today announced that MMCT Venture, the company created by the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes to preserve Connecticut jobs and revenue, would soon be narrowing the number of municipalities under consideration and beginning phase two negotiations with the remaining towns.
The Chairs made the announcement at Paul’s TV, a local small business that does work at both casinos.
“We’re grateful to state leaders for considering the Tribes’ interest in establishing a new casino and have been overwhelmed by the tremendous interest we’re receiving from interested municipalities,” said Kevin Brown, Chairman of the Mohegan Tribal Council. “We don’t yet have a site picked, but we are getting to the point where more intensive negotiations with the remaining sites should begin. Our goal is to make sure we get this right, which is why we’re taking the time necessary to make the right decisions.”
The Chairs also announced that the tribes will work with the State to take the steps that are necessary to ensure that authorizing a third casino in the state will not jeopardize the revenues the tribes currently contribute to the state.
“Given we still have work to do on site selection, our focus for this legislative session is to work with state leaders to address some of the concerns raised by the attorney general, and others,” said Rodney Butler, Chairman of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council. “We also want to make sure that we protect the revenue our facilities provide to the state. Over the last 20 plus years, our two facilities have contributed more than $7 billion to the state in tax revenue, money that’s gone to everything from improving public safety to investments in public education. One of our primary objectives in pursuing this new facility is to make sure that this mutually beneficial partnership continues long into the future.”
MMCT plans to announce the second round finalists in the near future.
Speaking on the importance of getting a new facility up and running, Gary Paul, owner of Paul’s TV, a family owned and operated small business in Groton, said: “Whether the state authorizes additional casino gaming in Connecticut has real implications for businesses like mine. If state leaders don't take action, I'll have to let go at least two of my employees.”
MMCT Venture was created in September to preserve jobs and revenue in the state of Connecticut. To learn more, go to www.ctjobsmatter.com.