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Gov. Schwarzenegger: More compacts to come

30 January 2008

SACRAMENTO, California -- As reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune: "Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Tuesday suggested the significant Indian gambling expansion pending in four initiatives on the Feb. 5 ballot could be overshadowed by what's to come.

"In frank comments, the governor also said the billions promised to the state were his primary, if not sole, motive in negotiating agreements that would allow four Southern California tribes to build some of the biggest casinos in the world.

"...The four pending compacts would allow the Sycuan band of El Cajon, Pechanga of Temecula, Morongo of Banning and Agua Caliente of Palm Springs to add up to 17,000 slot machines, a nearly 30 percent increase over some 59,000 already in California Indian casinos.

"...Schwarzenegger did not say which tribes, or how many, are prepared to offer deals that would pay the state another $13 billion over the next two decades..."

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