Tuesday, February 05, 2008

Indigo Red Live-Blog Voting: Props 94, 95, 96, 97

Almost done. I may have to get another Ale.

Props 94-97:


Ratifies amendment to existing gaming compact between the state and Pechanga Band of LuiseƱo Mission Indians; amendment would permit tribe to operate 5,500 additional slot machines;

Omits certain projects from scope of California Environmental Quality Act; amendment provides for Tribal Environmental Impact Report and intergovernmental procedure to address environmental impact;

Revenue paid by tribe to be deposited into General Fund; tribe would make $42,500,000 annual payment and pay percentage of revenue generated from the additional slot machines to the state.

The above is the summary of Proposition 94. The next three read exactly the same, except the tribal name changes: Prop 95 - Morango Band of Mission Indians; Prop 96 - Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation; Prop 97 - Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

Immediately this looks good because the state will collect millions of dollars over the next several years. The State will allow these four tribes to increase the number of slot machines in their casinos in exchange for more California tax money collected on specified machines. So far, so good.

HOWEVER, the Indians get to choose which machines will pay out tax money. Essentially, the Indians are getting more gambling capacity and they get to tell the State how much the State can collect in taxes.

The Indians think they can fool us and maybe they can. I'm betting the white man has yet to forget how to write treaties. The tribes have already said that if they lose this go-round, they will go back into negotiations with the State of California.

This is a bad treaty. Renegotiate.

I vote: NO

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