Thursday, January 15, 2009

State Will Raid Indian Gaming Mitigation Fund

After all the promises that came out of Prop. 94-97, it looks like we won't have a DENT in the budget deficit.

To ease our budget deficit, the state could raid a multimillion dollar fund that local agencies use to mitigate the negative effects of tribal gambling, current and former lawmakers warned Wednesday.

The fund, which totals more than $100 million, has paid for everything from traffic signals to police officers since its creation in 1999. Local agencies have collected more than $40 million from the fund since 2005.

After a battle this summer over the money, known as the special distribution fund, a group of lawmakers told the annual Western Indian Gaming Conference in Palm Springs on Wednesday that the money once again could be in trouble.
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