Capone riding big momentum

OCTOBER 8: Mayoral candidate Fred Capone greets campaign workers in Everett Square. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Calls for audit of city finances if elected

Mayoral candidate Fred Capone said earlier this week that an audit of the city’s finances would be likely when he is elected mayor.

“Transparency at all levels of government is essential particularly when it comes to city finances,” he told the Leader Herald.

“It is crucial to have a thorough and accurate understanding of our city’s financial well-being in order to properly plan for the future. An overall municipal audit following proper accounting procedures seems appropriate. Depending on the findings, a forensic audit may be required,” he added.

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Encore’s Coronavirus problem is even worse than you thought

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The casino and hotel are closed for at least two weeks. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

City’s finances hanging in the balance

By Josh Resnek

On Saturday, the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted unanimously to temporarily suspend operation at the state’s three casino properties, including Encore Boston Harbor, MGM Springfield and Plainridge Park Casino. In a statement from the MGC that stated, “In response to the coronavirus pandemic, the decision was made in collaboration and cooperation with our licensees to safeguard the health and well-being of casino guests, employees, and regulators.” Doors closed at 6:00pm on Tuesday, March 15.

The closing of the doors to the Everett casino and hotel is a seismic event.

The city takes in about $30 million a year in lieu of taxes from Encore. If Encore isn’t open, Encore can’t pay. If Encore goes broke, the city goes down with it.

Wynn Resorts, who owns Encore, has suffered almost catastrophic stock losses during the past 25 days.

The price for Wynn Resorts has plunged from about $130 before the epidemic began to about $54 this week. With the stock price plunge comes the company’s market share plunge – that is – what the company’s stock is worth as a measure of what he company is worth.

The market share value of Wynn Resorts was about $14 billion last month. As the week began, its market share value is closer to $5 billion, a staggering $9 billion loss.

Encore shutting its doors here has temporarily furloughed 5,000 employees who it has pledged to pay.

Right now, with no end in sight for the coronavirus, the likelihood of a two week closing followed by another two week closing is odious, and company officials are fearful of this – as we all should be.

Knowing what is real and what is not about the crisis stretches the imagination.

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School Finance Task Force to Issue Report September 4 at City Hall

By Josh Resnek

City hall has announced that the School Finance Task Force will be issuing its report and findings at a joint committee of the School Committee and City Council on September 4 at city hall.

The report is expected to generate possible policy and spending changes.

However, none of the Task Force findings and or suggestions are binding.

The Task Force has apparently used the past 18 months to scrutinize closely all aspects of school spending policy in order to come up with recommendations to save money.

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Wynn Earnings Buffeted by Violence In Macau; stock price falls Dramatically

By Josh Resnek

Wynn Corporation’s second quarter earnings were called “extraordinary” by its CEO Matt Maddox, and with some justification.

But despite this, its stock has fallen dramatically by about 20% from $136 to $114.

The company’s two Las Vegas resorts — Wynn and Encore — recorded an increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR) of 9.5% to $300, while average daily rate was up 6.4% to $333. Occupancy jumped 2.5 percentage points to 90.1%.

Total Las Vegas revenue grew 5.1% in the quarter, to $464.1 million, boosted primarily by a 17.7% surge in casino revenue.

The Encore casino and hotel in Everett added to earnings as well.

Wynn Resorts reported a total revenue increase of 3.3% to roughly $1.66 billion for the quarter.

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