Arizona’s 25 Native American casinos and other gambling facilities place the state among the top half-dozen for economic activity from tribal gaming, according to a new study.
Arizona’s tribal-gaming operations generated $4.75 billion in total sales, fifth highest among the 28 states where they are located, plus $691 million in taxes and other revenue payments to governments, which was sixth highest.
The study, by the American Gaming Association, relied on 2016 revenue data, the most recent available.
Arizona ranks fourth overall in the number of tribal gaming jobs (38,000) and their associated wages ($2 billion), the report said.
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California, Oklahoma lead way
California ranked first in tribal gaming by sales, jobs and tax payments, with $20 billion in revenue, 125,000 jobs and $3.4 billion in taxes and revenue-share payments to government entities.
Oklahoma had the most gaming operations, 131, and was second to California in wages, jobs and economy activity, as defined by total sales.
“This report details the widespread economic impact that tribal casinos have in states across the country, providing diverse career opportunities, supporting local businesses and generating tax revenue and revenue-share payments for all levels of government,” said Sara Slane, a senior vice president at the American Gaming Association, in a prepared statement.
Desert Diamond Casino opened in December 2015. (Photo: David Kadlubowski/The Republic)
Across the U.S., tribal gaming generated sales of $105 billion, 676,000 full-time-equivalent jobs, $36 billion in wages and $15 billion in taxes/revenue-share payments to federal, state and local governments.
Tribal casinos and other operations generate 45 percent of all gaming revenue in the nation. Since passage of the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act in 1988, tribal gaming has grown from $121 million in revenue, consisting largely of small bingo halls, to operations generating more than $32 billion of direct gambling in 28 states.
Meister Economic Consulting conducted the research on behalf of the association. The study included associated revenue such as that from restaurants, hotels, stores and entertainment venues.
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