Governor Crist Pitches New Indian Gambling Deal

By: Lee Gordon
By: Lee Gordon

Florida Governor Charlie Crist and the Seminole Tribe hope $600 million in upfront money will get lawmakers will take a new look at gambling deal they signed.

As part of the deal, the tribe would be allowed to run blackjack
and other card games not allowed elsewhere in Florida.

But the lure of more money at the beginning of the compact may
not work.

State. Representative Bill Galvano immediately issued a statement that the agreement wasn't the best deal.

The new deal Crist rolled out Wednesday in a press conference
with tribe Councilman Max Osceola means there are three proposals
being considered in the final days of the legislative session.


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  • by Ann Location: Tallahassee on Apr 23, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    The lottery has certainly not turned out as we were promised. The only thing that I can say about the Indian proposal is that people who are going to gamble will gamble out of state. The main thing about this is that if the State of Florida does not accept a deal, the federal government is going to sign with the Indians. Now, we need the money in the State of Florida and I do not want to give it to the feds. We are the lowest State on the totem pole in schools anyway. These people that want the legislature to VOTE NO must be sending their children toa private school. Then they must have the money to send them out of state to college. The House of Representatives is presently wanting to reduce salaries by 5% but I don't see them reducing their own salaries. I think that everyone should pay attention to Cotterell's columns. We need some people in the legislature like those of old.
  • by Just Say NO! Location: Tallahassee on Apr 23, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    How many more gambling options is the State of Florida going to present to fund education? First, you tell us that 100% of lottery returns are going to be used to fund education, that winds up being only about 45%, with the rest go to whatever. Now you want us to use blackjack to fund education! What type of message are you sending to the children, parents and educators of Florida? As long as it pays the cost, it doesn't matter where the money comes from. Please VOTE NO to this insanity!
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