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Our Opinion: Gaming profits help Az, cities

Despite decreased gambling revenues from January through June, Arizona’s 23 Indian casinos ended the fiscal year June 30 with a revenue increase of 1.9 percent.

All Arizonans will benefit from the tribes’ extra $38 million, giving them an annual take of $1.982 billion.

Because of the increased profits, the state received $3.8 million extra in revenue sharing from the tribes, for a total of $96 million.

That money is doled out to school districts, trauma centers, problem-gambling services, wildlife conservation and tourism promotion, as delineated by Arizona voters in the casino enabling legislation of 2002.

The tribes also will distribute another $15 million to cities or counties, as they choose.

As the bad economy continues to hit state and local governments hard, the shared Indian gaming profits bring some relief.

Citizen Online Archive, 2006-2009

This archive contains all the stories that appeared on the Tucson Citizen's website from mid-2006 to June 1, 2009.

In 2010, a power surge fried a server that contained all of videos linked to dozens of stories in this archive. Also, a server that contained all of the databases for dozens of stories was accidentally erased, so all of those links are broken as well. However, all of the text and photos that accompanied some stories have been preserved.

For all of the stories that were archived by the Tucson Citizen newspaper's library in a digital archive between 1993 and 2009, go to Morgue Part 2

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