Earlier this week, we learned just how hard the COVID-19 pandemic has hit MGM Springfield. Interim CEO Bill Hornbuckle said it could lay off as many as 1,887 employees from western Massachusetts’ lone casino when temporary furloughs expire in August. As chairman of Economic Development and Emerging Technologies, State Sen. Eric Lesser keeps tabs one of the state’s newest industries. Carrie Saldo spoke with him about announcement and its impact on western Massachusetts.