AGA studies tribal gaming’s economic impact

AGA released its latest study on Thursday. Credits: AGA

The association released a study that details state-by-state economic impact of tribal gaming in the US.

US.- The American Gaming Association (AGA) released on Thursday a comprehensive study of the state-by-state economic impact of tribal casino gaming in the United States. The report details that California is the largest tribal gaming state by economic activity.

Meister Economic Consulting measured the economic and fiscal impacts of Class II and Class III tribal gaming on the U.S. and state economies. The report shows that California is the most important state when it comes to tribal economic activity in the United States: tribal casinos add US$20 billion to the state’s economy, support jobs for nearly 125,000 Californians and generate US$3.4 billion in taxes and revenue share payments to all levels of government.

Oklahoma is the second largest tribal gaming state with tribal casinos, as it creates jobs for 75,000 Oklahomans and generates US$1.6 billion in taxes and revenue share payments. It also adds US$9.6 billion to the state’s economy.

Moreover, tribal gaming added US$6.1 billion to Florida’s economy, supported nearly 46,000 jobs and generated more than US$1.1 billion in state, federal and local taxes and revenue share payments. The upper Midwest is a hub of tribal gaming activity. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin tribal casinos combined generated nearly US$1.5 billion in state, local and federal taxes and revenue share payments, supported nearly 78,000 jobs and added US$10.2 billion to the states’ economies, explains AGA.

“Tribal gaming operators are present in 28 states and create nearly half of all U.S. gaming revenue,” said Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs for the American Gaming Association. “This report details the widespread economic impact that tribal casinos have in states across the country, providing diverse career opportunities, supporting local businesses and generating tax revenue and revenue share payments for all levels of government.”

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