Just a few months ago, images of smiling children, police officers and firefighters filled TV screens and mailboxes across the state, urging voters to support major casino expansions for four Southern California tribes.
Gov. Schwarzenegger and other government officials promised that the tribes would help balance the state's troubled budget with an influx of gambling dollars. The casino riches would help protect state funding for schools, police and fire departments, health care and roads, the tribes and their supporters said.
Voters approved the deals, but recent signs suggest the promises may not pan out. Deals touted as a sure-fire way to help the state weather economic slumps are now struggling themselves. PECHANGA LAYOFFS
SCHWARZENEGGER says: "They have to make decisions, just like we do or like businesses do anywhere else, according to what is the demand," Schwarzenegger said of the tribes. "But I think that the compacts were really solid compacts, and there will be, really, billions and billions of dollars over the next 20 years of additional revenues for the state, which the state needs very badly." OP: ARNOLD, NOT with the spending plans that you have. YOU have to cut spending to balance our budget. YOU made it seem like this would be a bailout, when , if fact it was a bad bill
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