BOSTON (AP) — A Springfield city councilor says some people with criminal histories should be allowed to seek jobs at a casino if one is built in the city.
Councilor Bud Williams tells The Republican newspaper (http://bit.ly/VCA3lC ) that in an urban setting such as Springfield there are many residents who have a history with the criminal justice system.
Williams says he hopes the Massachusetts Gaming Commission will not exclude people with minor criminal records from casino jobs.
MGM Resorts International, one of two companies with Springfield casino proposals, said in a letter to Williams that it would also ask the commission to consider the issue as it sets policies for hiring and background checks of employees.
MGM and Penn National Gaming have pledged to make local hiring a priority if awarded a casino license.
Information from: The Springfield (Mass.) Republican, http://www.masslive.com/news/