MMCT, the joint venture between the Mohegan and Mashantucket Pequot Tribes, has wired $1 million to the Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection toward state regulatory costs for their Tribal Winds Casino. “This million-dollar payment from the Tribes to the state shows that we have a very active and trusted partner in the Mohegan and Mashantucket Tribes in helping to move Connecticut forward on the jobs and economic development front,” said State Sen. Cathy Osten (D-Sprague).
Tribal Winds Casino will employ about 5,000 Connecticut residents, hiring about 2,000 during construction, and 2,000 permanent employees. The additional 1,000 jobs count the employees of the many small businesses that will help service the facility.
Thanks to Tribal Winds Casino, East Windsor is expected to receive $8.5 million in new tax and mitigation funding, according to a MMCT statement.
“For the last several months, we’ve been working with the town, our design team and our finance team to get ready,” said Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler in a statement. “Now that the issues with the Department of Interior have been resolved, we’re excited to take this step. We’ll be announcing financing and an updated construction timeline in the very near future.”
The Tribes’ $300 million commercial casino in East Windsor, located off Tribal reservations, received a belated approval from the U.S. Department of Interior in March. In 2017, the Tribes believed they were near receiving necessary approvals to build the casino, but former Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke, who resigned from his Interior post in December 2018, rejected advice from federal experts when he blocked the Mohegan and Mashantucket Tribes from moving forward with their casino in East Windsor. Zinke’s decision was part of the impetus for a grand jury investigation and Interior’s inspector general investigation into the department’s actions.