In the state of California, four of the richest Indian tribes have been given the go ahead to expand their casino operations. This was the result of an agreement between the tribes and the governor which stipulated that the tribes have to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes each year. This agreement formally ends the long dispute between labor unions and the tribes. Labor unions have been contesting the expansion of casino operations due to the fact that there were really no provisions for workers to organize themselves. In any case, the ruling was definitely in favor of the tribes.
The four tribes included in the agreement are: the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation in San Diego; the Pechanga Band of Luiseno Indians in Temecula; the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs; and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians in Cabazon. So what are the implications of this recently signed bill?
For starters, the tribes can double or even triple their current casino operations in the ensuing years. To be more specific with figures, they can install an additional 17,000 slot machines and other table games. At present, the tribes have about 58,000 slot machines all over the state. They have also earned about $7 billion.
Gambling enthusiasts and casino frequenters can now look forward to more action in the California casinos operated by the Indian tribes. It should be a good deal for most everyone concerned. The tribes earn more, the government gets more taxes, and the citizens have more choices in their gambling activities.