KICKING THE TIRES

December 08, 2000 11:41 PM
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Governor Foster of Louisiana has decided to have auditors go in and look at Harrah’s New Orleans’ books.

Auditors from the legislature and state police began examining the books of the casino owner, JCC Holding Company. They expect to have a report on the governor’s desk within two weeks.

Foster was quoted as saying that the state needs to know if the figures can be totally trusted. No sooner did he get those words out when he added: I’m not saying they can’t be trusted, but let’s kick the tires.

The casino wants the state to cut its $100 million tax in half and at the same time lighten the restrictions on opening a hotel and offering complimentary meals.

The latter is a gimme at nearly all casinos in the U.S.A.