Wisconsin Ranks High in Tribal List
As reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "Wisconsin's $1.2 billion in 2005 tribal gambling receipts ranked it ninth among 23 states with Indian casinos, while the nearly $71 million that Wisconsin collected last year in casino revenue-sharing payments from tribes ranked fourth among those states, according to a report released today. "The payments from Wisconsin tribes were definitely at the higher end of (casino) revenue sharing, compared with other states,' said Alan Meister, a California-based economist who wrote the report. Only Connecticut, California and New York, whose casinos draw from much larger populations, collected more than Wisconsin, Meister found. ".The new study findings were cited as evidence by Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle's administration that the payments Doyle negotiated with Wisconsin's 11 tribes in 2003 were favorable both to the state and the tribes.
"If a $30 million late payment the Ho-Chunk tribe made last month for 2005 is added to the tally, Wisconsin's ranking moves to third, behind only Connecticut, at $421 million in 2005 payments, and California, with $252.9 million, said Sean Dilweg, executive assistant for the state Department of Administration."