Tribal gaming contributions reach $1B in Arizona - Ahwatukee Foothills News: Money

default avatar
Welcome to the site! Login or Signup below.
|
||
Logout|My Dashboard

Tribal gaming contributions reach $1B in Arizona

Print
Font Size:
Default font size
Larger font size

Related Stories

Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 1:13 pm

This quarter contributions from tribal gaming to the state reached $1 billion since contributions began in 2004.

The Arizona Benefits Fund shares tribal gaming revenue with cities across Arizona. The fund was started in 2002 when tribes passed Proposition 202. At that time groups were identified that could use the extra contributions.

Fifty-six percent of the shared revenues is directed to educational programs and needs; 28 percent goes to emergency services and trauma centers; 7 percent funds wildlife and habitat conservation; 7 percent funds statewide tourism promotion; and 2 percent supports the education, prevention and treatment of problem gambling.

“The funds themselves don’t replace or supplement anything,” said Valerie Spicer, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association (AIGA). “They’re made to identify special needs throughout the state. Back in 2002 especially the trauma care system was really in a situation that needed help. Identifying them as a recipient really allows those trauma systems to stay open.”

Dr. Peter Rhee, M.D., chief, division of trauma, critical care, burn and emergency services, at the trauma center in Tucson said they receive $3 to $5 million annually from the fund.

“These are significant amounts of money,” he said. “It’s maybe 5 to 10 percent of the operating budget. Any funding helps. In Tucson if the hospital did not get the money they probably would not provide trauma services.”

The fund has continued since 2004 even during the worst economic times. Since that year, tribal gaming has contributed nearly $430 million directly to Arizona’s school districts, and approximately $215 million to more than 64 hospitals in Arizona to provide emergency and trauma services. Tourism and wildlife conservation have each received about $61.5 million, and cities and towns have received nearly $105 million.

“Shared gaming funds have provided a consistent and much needed source of revenue for Arizona,” said Sherry Cordova, chairwoman of the Cocopah Tribe, who was a member of the Prop 202 AIGA Leadership. “It is remarkable to realize that tribes have been able to give back more than $1 billion to our state. The Arizona Benefits Fund and Tribal Gaming have been more impactful than any of us could have imagined.”

For more information on the fund, visit benefitingarizona.org.

Contact writer: (480) 898-7914 or ahurtado@ahwatukee.com.

More about

More about

More about

  • Discuss

Three people rescued from stuck roller coaster in Phoenix

Fire crews rescued three people stuck on a roller coaster Sunday afternoon at Castles N’ Coasters in Phoenix. The Desert Storm coaster was stu…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:42 pm @ http://ktar.com/story/1142897/castles-in-coasters-…

Drones being used by Phoenix Fire Department

The Phoenix Fire Department has some new sets of eyes in the sky which could help first responders save more lives. Drones are the newest tool…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:31 pm @ http://www.fox10phoenix.com/news/arizona-news/1654…

Technology transforms used-vehicle retailing

Will consumers buy used vehicles sight unseen from people they don't know? They will if the deal goes through a third party they trust, and if…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:12 pm @ http://www.autonews.com/article/20160627/RETAIL04/…

Phoenix Things to do: 11 events to check out this week around the Valley (June 27

PHOENIX - Another hot weekend in Arizona over! If you're planning ahead, its a holiday weekend. Technically, the Fourth of July is a week away…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 11:00 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/entertainment/events/phoenix-…

New wildfire: Racetrack Fire burning northeast of Tucson

TUCSON, AZ - A new wildfire has ignited in the mountains northeast of Tucson. Officials he fire started near Redington Road in the Catalina mo…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 10:02 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/news/region-central-southern-…

WATCH: Are the Arizona Cardinals on the verge of replacing the Dallas Cowboys as America's Team?

"All or Nothing," an eight-part documentary series that details the Arizona Cardinals' 2015 season both on and off the field, will debut on Am…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 10:00 pm @ http://www.abc15.com/sports/sports-blogs-local/wat…

The 8 most popular jobs in the marijuana industry

Topics: AlterNet, Arizona, Maine, marijuana, marijuana edibles, Nevada, Pot, Business News, Life News This article originally appeared on Alte…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 9:28 pm @ http://www.salon.com/2016/06/24/the_8_most_popular…

Pope says Church should ask gay community for forgiveness for past treatment

Driving in Canada Canada - a home away from home Canada, it's time to change! Living with a disability in Indo-Canadian society The empire str…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 9:32 pm @ http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/europe/Po…

Wearable Tech Catapulting Health and Fitness into the Future

Do you think your smartwatch, with its heart rate monitor, step counter, calorie tracker and message notifications, is impressive? You ain’t s…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 8:58 pm @ http://www.corespirit.com/wearable-technology-cata…

Brewer vs. O'Malley: Talk of racists and fascists

Former Govs. Martin O’Malley and Jan Brewer tussled on Sunday morning over Donald Trump’s rhetoric, with O’Malley ultimately telling Brewer: “…

Published: June 26, 2016 - 7:28 pm @ http://www.politico.com/story/2016/06/brewer-omall…

Facebook

ahwatukee.com on Facebook

Twitter

ahwatukee.com on Twitter

RSS

Subscribe to ahwatukee.com via RSS

RSS Feeds

Spacer4px

Most Popular

Online poll

Loading…