Is Gambling A Solution For California?

The Golden State considers whether more Las Vegas-style gambling is an answer to its giant budget shortfall.
February 9, 2004, 11am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"The ensuing battle could alter the face of rural and urban California for decades. At issue: Negotiating the "fair share" for the state's 104 Indian tribes to pay the state in gambling revenue, and whether nontribal businesses such as racetracks should be allowed to run slot machines... One side says gambling brings crime and other unsavory elements to communities, while devastating the lives of many who become addicted to wagering. The other says a large number of once-destitute native Americans have become self-sufficient, even affluent - largely without negative side effects."

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Published on Sunday, February 8, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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