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Wisconsin Gov. would change gambling attitude for dollars

Oct 15, 2002 1:30 AM

   Wisconsin Gov. Scott McCallum said he would negotiate to extend longer gambling agreements for a price.

   McCallum wants the state’s tribes to pay an additional $50 million to close the budget deficit.

   The governor indicated during his trip to Kenosha that he would negotiate the length of the compacts and introduction of dice games not currently allowed in Wisconsin casinos. The governor opposes expanding the number of casinos.

   Under federal law, tribes must have agreements, called compacts, with the state to operate Las Vegas-style casinos on their reservations. Wisconsin has 11 compacts, each scheduled to expire between August 2003 and September 2004, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

   Under the current five-year compacts, the tribes have paid a total of $24 million a year to the state government over the last four years.

NY casinos dragging

   It could be next spring before the two Indian casinos planned for Sullivan County, N.Y., win federal approval.

   The Bureau of Indian Affairs will review New York’s compact with the Seneca Nation for casinos in the western portion of the state by Oct. 24. The decision could have important ramifications on Sullivan casino compacts.

   ALSO: Supporters of a tribal casino for Maine have begun a petition effort that would give voters a chance to legalize casino gambling if the Legislature fails to enact a law in the upcoming session.