Updated with Gaming Commission statement.
MassLive.com reports the state Gaming Commission told Boston that if it's unwilling to go to arbitration with Wynn over compensation for its proposed Everett casino, then it's stripping Boston of its "surrounding community" status.
In a statement this morning, the commission says this does NOT mean Boston will get nothing from Wynn should it be selected for the Boston area's one casino license:
The Commission has stated that it will impose conditions on any license it awards Wynn, including conditions that require Wynn to mitigate impacts
through payment of money or taking other actions or both. Further, Boston can still negotiate an agreement with Wynn to mitigate impacts. Also, Boston is not precluded from applying to the Community Mitigation Fund for assistance to pay for impact remediation.
In contrast, Mohegan Sun has agreed to millions of dollars' worth of compensation to Boston if it wins a license for its proposed casino in Revere.
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