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W. Ron Allen, chair
Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe
OLYMPIA, WASHINGTON - A new economic impact analysis shows Washington's 29 tribal governments are having a significant and growing beneficial impact to the state.
Tribal governments are reinvesting their enterprise revenues in new ventures that are creating jobs and business opportunities across numerous sectors of the economy and in every geographic area, according to Jonathan B. Taylor, a nationally known economist who presented his findings to a state legislative committee today.
“Tribal governments are generating more than $255 million in state and local taxes,”
"Taxes are being paid by tribal employees and by the businesses that sell goods and services to the tribes and their employees."
Tribal governments paid $1.3 billion in wages and benefits in 2010 to 27,376 employees, 66 percent of them non-tribal members. Tribes also purchased $2.4 billion in goods and services from local businesses near their enterprises and from the broader state economy.
In addition to those impacts, one-time capital investments by tribal governments in 2010 totaled more than$259 million.
Taylor said that tribal investments are having a huge impact in rural areas and, in some counties, tribal governments are among the top employers and top buyers of goods and services from local companies.
"We're proud of the contribution we are making on our reservations and to Washington's overall economy,"
said W. Ron Allen, chair of the Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe and president of the Washington Indian Gaming Association.
“We have a long way to go in Indian Country, but we are making progress.”
Because tribal enterprises, including casinos, are operated by tribal governments all net income remains with tribal governments and is used to pay for critical governmental services such as health care, education, housing, public safety, environmental protection and economic development.
posted January 20, 2011 6:00 am est
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