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Gambling Hot Seat

September 19th, 2007 by Mike Vasilinda

Governor Charlie Crist is finding himself defending his negotiations
with the Seminole Tribe over expanding gambling to card games like Black Jack,
even though he says he does not want more gambling. Critics like House Speaker Marco
Rubio are arguing the state does not have to grant the Tribe expanding
gaming rights. Christ disagrees.

“There is very sound legal argument that if the state of Florida does
not do it, the Federal government will allow it and the Florida taxpayer
will not benefit iota. And I’m concerned about that. My concern is if
it’s going to occur anyway, why not benefit the Florida taxpayer in the
process.” says Crist.

Under the negotiations, the Seminole Tribe is offering a 50 million
dollar up front payment and guaranteeing at least 100 million a year to
the state.

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