American Indian Tribes Should Have To Follow State Laws at Casinos
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The days of Indian tribes doing whatever they well please within their casinos should come to an end. For years now, these tribes have given no respect in regards to laws in the states in which they operate, a situation that needs to be corrected.
The Foxwoods Resort Casino, which is owned by the Mashantucket Pequot tribe, is challenging a recent vote by their dealers to join a union under the United Auto Workers Union.
The dealers have been working way under industry standards, and their decision to join a union is a right afforded to them by law. The only problem is, the tribe for which they work believes they are not subject to follow that law.
The tribe is claiming that they do not have to abide by the National Relations Act. This decision to make their own rules, follows almost every other decision made by tribes across the United States.
They have free reign to do whatever they want on their reservations, never having to answer to any state laws. This has been creating a major problem as of late. Different tribes have tried to gain sovereignty on land across the U.S..
Once they receive the sovereignty, they build their casinos, where non tribal members spend millions of dollars in. Yet they are not subject to the same laws that their patrons must follow.
At Foxwoods, the maintenance workers are now considering unionizing. That is a great idea, except that in the grand scheme of things it will not matter unless the owners of Foxwoods are forced to follow rules.
Rules in which, them, and other tribes nationwide have disregarded for many years. Now is the time for that to change.
Alberto Gonzales Lies in Hearing About Internet Gambling
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lied again today, or rather, was dogmatic in his speaking, when asked by Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona what his position and views are on Internet gambling.
Alberto Gonzalez said that he agrees with Kyl’s views on the issue and that there is money laundering going on heavily in the industry and that Internet gambling is highly addictive.
Gonzales told Kyl in the hearing that the Department of Justice was also moving forward with regulations that they must come up with as declared by the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act.
The problem with Gonzales’ testimony is that the other senators listening, who have no understanding or interest in Internet gambling, now only have the knowledge that Internet gambling hastens money laundering and facilitates problem gambling. However, these are opinions not fact.
Fact, is a Harvard University study of over 40,000 participants that found conclusively that only 0.4% had, or were prone to develop gambling problems as a result of easy access to gambling online.
Fact, is that the majority of major Internet gambling operations are run by publicly traded companies in the United Kingdom. They are run and licensed by governments in Germany, France, Italy, and yes the small island nations of Antigua & Barbuda, the Isle of Man, Curacao, Costa Rica, etc. By Gonzales’ standards he is accusing those countries of laundering money to fund terrorism.
These misunderstandings and misrepresentations are exactly why Casino Gambling Web is sending representatives to Washington D.C. to lobby on behalf of the American people who love to gamble responsibly online. The mission of CGW is to give the actual facts about Internet gambling to Congressmen and Senators so the millions of Americans who love to gamble online can gain their freedom to do so back.
Alabama Governor’s Task Force Seizes More Gambling Machines
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It is crystal clear that the governor of Alabama wants to send a message to existing locations where gambling machines are being played. The machines are illegal, and Governor Riley wants them eliminated.
The task force that Riley has set up is working on what is apparently a “take no prisoners” approach to confiscating the machines. They raided another location on Friday and an attorney for the gambling center claims the machines were not even illegal.
“The governor is trying to drive home his point that he does not want gambling machines in Alabama,’ said observer Timothy Lewskin, “the problem is that some of the locations his task force is raiding are doing nothing outside of the law.”
A gaming center in White Hall, Alabama is the latest establishment to be raided. Authorities seized over 100 machines, but the attorney for the center is attempting to have them restored.
The attorney claims that under the law in the state, the machines the center were operating are legal. The task force, however, disagreed, and seized them. They also found large amounts of money at the gaming center.
“We seized currency in excess of $500,000, which as best we can determine was about three days’ proceeds,” said David Barber, the head of the gambling task force, “You get a feel from that just how big this business is.”
Ohio Casino Proposal Has Low Tax Rate Compared To Other States
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The state of Ohio has attempted unsuccessfully many times to get voters to approve casino gambling. Lawmakers are taking another shot at it and the proposal they are offering has a revenue tax rate that is low in comparison to other states.
The Ohio Jobs and Growth Plan is being proposed in light of the recession in the US. The plan would create jobs at a time when many people in Ohio are losing their employment. The tax rate for revenue from gambling, however, will only be thirty three percent.
“The decision (on the tax rate) was not based on what other states were doing, but rather what was fair for Ohio. Fairness was the biggest factor in coming up with this proposal,’ said spokesman for the plan, Bob Tenenbaum.
The state of Maryland taxes casino revenue at the rate of a whopping sixty seven percent. Similarly, Pennsylvania has recently expanded their casino options and they are taxing revenue at fifty five percent.
The Ohio plan has an uphill battle already, with voters shooting down several proposals over the past decade. The low tax rate could be a potential killer for the plan this time around. “It’s not necessarily the plan I would have written, but I don’t have millions of dollars to push the plan I would have written. Let me say that I was more enamored of the Learn and Earn proposal than I am of this one,” said Senator Bill Seitz, who is a proponent of bringing casinos to Ohio.