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Ending the casino monopoly a good idea

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

One comment

  1. Rebecca Hartrick, I do not know if you know the history of the American Indians but I believe they own all casinos in Arizona. I may be wrong but if they do own them I believe it is about time to give back in someway when we decided to take everything from them. If the Indians are not the owners today then is shame on the rest of us. I know so many people are money hungry and cannot stand for some people to make money. Are they worried that the Indians will take over if they have success in the casinos? Are you not happy that the tribes can support themselves? I say leave it alone They greatly deserve this right. Robert

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