The proposal to end the tribal casino monopoly and allow other businesses to own and operate casinos across Arizona should be thoughtfully considered.
At this time, Arizona casinos are a state-sanctioned monopoly available to select groups only. If gaming is legal, then any business should be able to provide this service, not just the chosen few.
Not only will allowing multiple operators to create jobs and bring tourism to the state, the gaming industry directly pays for education, wildlife conservation, emergency services and efforts to stop problem gambling.
These agencies and programs are beneficiaries of the Arizona Benefits Fund, partially funded by gaming proceeds. If allowed, “racinos” would help pay for these services.
- Rebecca Hartrick
Ronald Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute