- Associated Press - Monday, February 24, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - The Massachusetts Gaming Commission says it may have to push back the timetable for awarding the sole eastern Massachusetts resort casino license.

Because of a possible conflict of interest, the panel on Monday cut ties with a contractor that had been helping review surrounding community petitions for casino proposals in Everett and Revere.

Commissioners had been hoping to award the eastern license by May 30 and while that timetable is still possible, a delay in reviewing the petitions could push the decision back to the end of June.

Such a delay could have implications for the state budget, which anticipates an $85 million casino licensing fee in the current fiscal year that ends June 30.

The sole western Massachusetts casino license is still slated to be awarded by May 30.

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