Tribes Agree with Governor on Jobs

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Tribes Agree with Governor on Jobs

January 6, 2004

Agreeing with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that increasing jobs should be the state’s top priority, the California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA) today underscored that Indian gaming casinos have created 42,000 new jobs in recent years.

Anthony Miranda, chair of CNIGA, said he agreed with the governor that jobs and job growth are the key to solving the state’s budget problems.

“During the recent recession, when most industries and companies were cutting jobs, Indian gaming has been the only job sector to grow in dramatic fashion,” Miranda said. “Those new jobs, most of them held by non-Indians, were created around the state and the salaries paid to workers have had a positive economic ripple throughout the economy.”

In responding to comments made by the governor in his “State of the State” address to a joint session of the Legislature, Miranda said “California’s Indian gaming tribes are eager to meet with the negotiator to be appointed by the governor so that we can discuss gaming issues.”

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