Speaking Rock Casino has been silenced forever.
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the Tigua tribe’s case appealing the shutdown of the El Paso, Texas Casino.
The Court made the decision Oct. 7, but it wasn’t made public until last week, according to the El Paso Times. The Tiguas had been fighting Texas attorney general John Cornyn’s efforts to shut down the casino since 1999.
The Speaking Rock, which made about $60 million annually, was the main source of income for the tribe in recent years.
Money from the casino had been used to build homes, cover health-care costs and provide scholarships.
Wisconsin needs gaming
State Assemblyman Frank Boyle made a strong plea to end sales tax loopholes by legalizing video gaming.
“We have to cut the fat out of state government,” he told the Superior Daily Telegram. “We have to end programs that have reached the end of their usefulness.”
A $2.8 billion deficit is projected for the two-year Budget beginning next summer. Boyle would like to see Revenues created with the legalization of video gaming, a move that has been gathering support in the state.
Iowa likes odds
Riverboat casino supporters in Iowa say the odds are good that they will be able to stay in business.
Voters in 11 counties will be asked on Tuesday’s ballot whether gambling boats should remain in operation for the next eight years.
State legislation passed in 1994 requires the question to appear on the ballot this year and again in eight years.
Polls conducted in the Quad Cities indicated that 65 percent favored riverboat casinos as a mainstream entertainment activity and would vote yes.
The Iowa Gaming Association is confident the support is there in the 11 counties.