Southeastern Mass: Mashpees agree to new casino terms with state

BOSTON (AP) – Gov. Deval Patrick and the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe have signed a revised compact that would provide the state with 17 percent of gambling revenues from a proposed casino in Taunton.

The deal replaces an earlier one that called for the tribe to hand over 21.5 percent of gambling revenue to the state. The Bureau of Indian Affairs said that was too high a figure and rejected the agreement.

In announcing the compact signing on Wednesday, Patrick called for quick ratification by the Legislature.

The agreement was approved by the Tribal Council on Tuesday night. The tribe still faces a number of legal and regulatory hurdles.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission plans to hold a hearing on Thursday as it considers whether to open the southeast region to commercial casino bidders.

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