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Tribal Casinos. Initiative Statute.
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The proponents of Proposition 5 are playing to your emotions to pass their flawed initiative. Rather than discuss the SPECIFICS of their proposal, they are raising phony strawmen issues like Nevada casinos. Here are the facts:
- The claim that Indian casinos will be shut down if Proposition 5 is defeated is false. Numerous Indian tribes have already negotiated gaming agreements with California to operate casinos on their own land. Federal law GUARANTEES that EVERY tribe wishing to operate gaming may negotiate an agreement with the state. No tribe needs Proposition 5 to operate Indian casinos.
- This initiative MANDATES the terms of a gaming agreement between tribes and California, with NO negotiation, NO compromise and NO local vote of citizens.
- This initiative would allow the promoters to vastly EXPAND their casino operations.
- Huge Indian casinos could open throughout California.
- Moreover, these casinos are EXEMPT from virtually all state regulations including environmental, health and worker safety rules.
- These casinos pay NO federal, state or local taxes on the massive profits they make.
Most Californians want to help Native Americans become self-sufficient. However, less than 15% of California Indians will receive benefits from this initiative. Proposition 5 is a GRAB FOR ADVANTAGE by a few wealthy Indian tribes at the expense of all Californians.
That's why an extremely broad-based coalition of groups--Business, Labor, Seniors, Educators, Law Enforcement, Environmental, Local Government-- oppose Proposition 5. UNREGULATED, UNTAXED, and UNLIMITED casinos are UNFAIR to California. Please Vote NO!
JOHN K. VAN DE KAMP
Former Attorney General of California
Pacific Region Director, National School Boards Association
President Emeritus, California Manufacturers Association