“Yes” Vote approves, and “No” Vote rejects, a law that ratifies an amendment to existing gaming compact between the state and [Pechanga Band of Luiseño Mission Indians, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians]. Fiscal Impact: Net increase in annual state revenues probably in the tens of millions of dollars, growing over time through 2030.
What a YES vote means:
These tribes, which each operate about 2,000 slot machines, could increase their operation anywhere from 5,000 to 7,500 machines. The tribes would increase their annual payments to the state through 2030.
What a NO vote means:
The tribes could continue to operate in their casinos but could not expand significantly. Their current annual state payments would not be affected.
The Nexus abstains from Propositions 94 through 97.
Increasing Indian casino operations would provide a much-needed increase in revenue for our state’s current budget crisis. However, the Indian casino gaming businesses already operate under little regulation and expanding the industry requires an expansion of its regulations, which the proposition does not address. In addition, the benefit of expanding the gaming industry only applies to the four tribes mentioned in the four separate propositions. It therefore neglects to address the needs of the other 104 California tribes. After much debate, Nexus editors could not reach a consensus, with staff evenly divided on the issue.