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Barden warns against job loss

17 July 2007

GARY, Indiana -- As reported by the Indiana Post-Tribune: "Majestic Star Casino owner Don Barden warned the City Council on Monday that as many as 500 casino employees could lose their jobs if he loses a gambling license.

"Then, Barden said, he will stop paying incentive taxes to Gary, effectively draining the economically troubled city of another revenue stream.

"Finally, he said, he will tie the whole issue up in court for years, preventing another casino from opening in Gary to replace his.

"All of this came out during a two-hour debate at the city council's ways and means committee meeting, which deteriorated half-way through into a shouting match between Barden and City Council member Roy Pratt, D-at large.

"Pratt has been campaigning since January to have one of Barden's gambling licenses rescinded by the state.

"...The council committee was meeting to consider a non-binding resolution that would support Pratt, and a few members of the council found flaws in Barden's arguments, as well..."

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