Connecticut may be one step closer to having another casino.
On Thursday, two tribal leaders signed the official deal that allows them to build a smaller casino.
Now the question is, which town will get one.
The partnership between the Mashantucket Pequot and the Mohegans; two competitors now with one goal.
"We have worked together for one common purpose - to protect Connecticut jobs,” said Rodney Butler, of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council.
The state is poised to lose thousands of jobs when MGM builds an $800 million casino in neighboring Springfield.
A bill recently passed allows the casinos to work with towns to find a site.
The tribes said the new casino would cost about $300 million and would have 1,000 slot machines and 100 tables. They expect to bring in about $340 million.
"We've gone through a few layoffs already from competition in the area but Massachusetts will draw away a lot of our business,” said Denise Gladue, a Foxwoods employee.
The tribes said about a handful of towns in the north central part of the state are interested, including Enfield.
This week, a developer told the town of Enfield that they’re willing to invest $200 million to build a casino at the Enfield Square Mall.
More information could be available sometime in November.
Some republican lawmakers, who have been skeptical and against this, said giving the tribes a special deal, a deal not offered to private developers, could open the door to future lawsuits.
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