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.