Arizona governor receives support on casino proposal

The state governor had signed a deal back in November.

US.- Mayors of eight different cities wrote an open letter to Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey to support his plan that would create a new deal with local native tribes and restrict new casinos from installing their facilities in Phoenix.

The Phoenix Business Journal said that the state governor agreed with the tribes to encourage a new compact that would limit casinos to the vicinities of Arizona. In exchange, the partnership would allow the existing venues to expand their gambling options. “We write to express our appreciation and support for your leadership in bringing many of Arizona’s tribal communities together to negotiate important and necessary changes to Arizona’s gaming compact,” said the letter that was signed by Phoenix’s Mayors of Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, Chandler, Apache Junction, Fountain Hills and Litchfield Park.

The statement also explained that they reinforce their support and commitment to working with the governor and the native communities so they can find a compact agreement that suits them and that results in no additional casinos constructed in the metropolitan area of Phoenix. “On November 21 the state of Arizona and eight tribes signed compact amendments in which those tribes expressly agreed not to open additional casinos in the Phoenix metropolitan area. We applaud this effort; however, express our concern as to the lack of agreement by the tribal entity party to the lawsuit of which the amendments to the compact were designed to assist in settling,” they added.

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