On the heels of the Governor visiting San Diego in support of the Indian Gaming Compacts, I wanted to take some time to post about the compacts.
While I am all for tribal sovereignty, I do not believe Californians should settle for flawed deals.
In principle, I believe in granting tribes more sovereign rights. However, Californians must ensure that this is done in a fair and equitable manner.
A “no” vote does not eliminate tribal sovereignty, but requires the State Legislature to go back to the table to re-negotiate deals that are fair for all of California’s tribes, casino workers and citizens.
Tribes that stand to gain billions of dollars from these deals should expect to:
1. Ensure that casino employees are afforded the same on-the-job rights that all Californians are afforded, including health care and Cal/OSHA standards.
2. Require an independent auditor to determine the State’s fair share of revenue.
3. Clearly define what revenue will be shared with the State.
4. Require any expansion to follow the same environmental standards as every other California business.
I do not believe this is too much to ask for allowing these four tribes to participate in the largest expansion of gaming in the history of the United States.
Voting “No” on Propositions 94-97 will send our legislature back to the bargaining table to get these deals right.