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MGM steps up opposition to proposed tribal casino project

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A casino border war between Connecticut and Massachusetts has escalated, with MGM Resorts International stepping up its opposition to a proposed tribal casino project in Connecticut.

MGM was recently credited with proposing a surprise amendment to a federal defense bill that would have prevented the Mashantucket Pequot and Mohegan tribes from opening a casino on non-tribal Connecticut land. It failed.

Democratic Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy says MGM is "using every angle they can find" to stop the project from moving forward. MGM is building a $950 million casino in neighboring Massachusetts.

But MGM executive Alan Feldman says the casino giant isn't really fighting the proposed satellite casino but rather the process created by Connecticut. He says MGM should be allowed to compete with the tribes to build a casino in Connecticut.

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