Bridgeport casino plans dead for the year

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BRIDGEPORT -

Plans for a casino in Bridgeport are dead for the year.

A spokesman for Mayor Joe Ganim confirms that the state Senate will not take up the plan before lawmakers go home tomorrow night.

He says there is simply not enough support yet.

The bill would have allowed MGM to bid on a casino license to build a massive facility on the Bridgeport waterfront.

"We are tremendously encouraged that the competitive process legislation passed in the House this year, and grateful for the leadership of the Bridgeport and New Haven delegations that guided that progress," MGM and developer RCI Group said in a joint statement. " A year ago, the bill never received a floor vote. This year it passed the House. That is significant. We realize that change is hard and takes time, and we respect the delegations' preference not to dominate debate with this issue with much to accomplish in a short time in the session's final hours. We look forward to working with the Legislature next year to continue to advocate for the benefits to Connecticut of a fair, open, transparent and competitive process. We are encouraged because we know this would yield results for Connecticut in terms of jobs and revenues, and we remain steadfast in our goal to build a world-class destination resort in Bridgeport."

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