California Tribes Gaming Boosts State's Economy with 52,000 Jobs
Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Discussion »
SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA The California Nations Indian Gaming Association and Beacon Economics released the findings of a statewide economic impact study measuring the benefits of tribal government gaming on California's economy at a news conference in Sacramento on Wednesday.
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The economic impact study, commissioned by the Gaming Association and conducted by Beacon Economics, a leading independent economic research firm, surveyed gaming and non-gaming tribes across the state, including a cross section of large and small casinos in urban and rural markets with a range of amenities including hotels, restaurants, retail establishments and entertainment venues.
The findings show the economic impact of the California tribal gaming casinos boost the overall economy of California. The major findings are:
- $7.5 billion worth of economic output is supported by tribal government gaming operations in California, $3.9 billion is associated with secondary effects of tribal government gaming operations, while direct spending supports $3.5 billion. While a portion of this spending would go to other local entertainment options if the casinos did not exist, the close proximity of Nevada to California implies that much of the spending would be fully lost to the state in the absence of a local gaming option.
- $859 million in economic activity is supported by non-gaming related tribal government operations in California. Of this, $496 is associated with the secondary effects of non-gaming related operations while direct spending supports $363 million.
- Tribal government gaming operations supports over 52,000 jobs in the California economy - 30,000 directly at gaming operations, and 22,000 in the broader economy. Many of these jobs go to lower skilled workers - those most adversely affected by the recent economic downturn and most in need of quality employment.
- Tribal government gaming operations provide significant state and local tax revenue through a variety of sources.
- Tribal government gaming operations provide significant state and local tax revenue through a variety of sources. Tribal government gaming operations support $467 million in state and local tax revenue across California - with $220 million supported by direct effects and $247 million by secondary effects.
- The economic activity generated by tribal government services and the non-gaming operations of this report's sample of 13 tribes, supported an equivalent of 7,900 full-time jobs in California, 5,100 directly and 2,800 in the broader economy.
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posted August 9, 2012 2:20 pm edt