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TAXES: Gaming is an option worth pursuing

Letter by Ronald W. Vietz, Edgewood on Dec. 7, 2011 at 12:59 pm with 6 Comments »
December 7, 2011 1:50 pm

It is interesting that our governor is speaking for our Legislature in declaring non-tribal gaming not an option for increasing state revenue.

The only downside that I can see is that the various tribes that have been provided the means to monopolize the gaming business may reduce the amount of their donations to their political allies.

The reality is that if the state were to expand gaming, even limited to existing locations, more people would be employed, maybe even some of the soon-to-be displaced liquor store workers.

The excuse that the money wouldn’t come fast enough also doesn’t make sense. It should not be that difficult to set up a revenue collection schedule specifically for state gaming.

There is also the attraction of being able to go to a non-smoking casino. Does this not interest our governor? There are plenty of people in our state that choose to gamble. Just look at the tribal casino parking lots.

Gambling and gaming are not tribal “rights,” and expanding state-run gaming to increase revenue is certainly an option worth persuing rather than resorting to local governments eliminating police and fire positions, or threatening basic education.

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  1. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Good letter but for the naysayers out there let me give a history lesson:

    In 2005 Gov. Gregoire made a backroom deal with all the tribes in WA State. She basically said that if you donate money to me and the democrats you will not pay any taxes. They signed the compact and the tribes gave her a check for $650,000.


    And as this article says the tribes own the democrat party by donating over a $$$ million dollars. And that is what was recorded, you know there was more.

    The tribes are making billions, they are expanding into gas stations, entertainment and hotels. They even have a Walmart and soon a Cabelas.

    Why don’t you ever hear the democrats say in the media, “pay your fair share”. You want to tax the wealthy? Then tax the tribes.

    The Republicans have a good idea that will force the tribes back to the table for a new compact that will change their status as the ONLY STATE IN THE NATION WHERE THE TRIBES ARE NOT TAXED.

    Always follow the money! All state democrats stand in the way because of the money. It’s incumbent to you to contact your legislator and demand they go along with this idea which will force the tribes back to the table. This is a clear case of political bribery hurting our state and it must end. Do your part and make that phone call to your legislator and demand they tax the tribes and you won’t stand for them hurting the state in return for political favors and donations. Their behavior is criminal.

  2. took14theteam says:

    No Taxed, they would rather we all pay another 0.5% sales tax increase that will hurt everyone instead of going after the gambling money. Why aren’t the “OWS” losers complaining about that?

    Makes you go Hmmmm.

  3. taxedenoughintacoma says:

    Always follow the money that come from unions and tribes to democrats.

  4. It would be a cold day in hell when Gregoire would allow gambling off tribal land. In fact, I’ve heard her say such when adding slots off tribal land was discussed years ago. She said it when she was a guess speaker at Indian pow-wow at the Tacoma Dome. I guess she thinks is her duty to payrestitution to them for what the white man did years ago. I sad part the tribe are suppose to give away x amount dollars every year I guess they found 1 way to give it away

  5. RW98512 says:

    “The tribes are making billions, they are expanding into gas stations, entertainment and hotels. They even have a Walmart and soon a Cabelas.”

    Damn them for being successful!! Don’t they know that the Republicans want them in blankets on reservations for the tourists to see????

  6. RW98512 says:

    Always follow the money:

    “These lobbyists, Jack Abramoff, Ralph Reed, Jr., Grover Norquist, and Michael Scanlon, bribed members of Congress when lobbying for Indian casinos then they over charged their Indian clients; this generated around $90 million dollars in fees from the Indians.”

    Funny how the Conservatives don’t mention this fact.

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