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Casinos May Join Arizona’s Racetracks

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Arizona, strapped with a $1 billion budget shortfall for next year, may allow casinos at the state’s racetracks, if Rep. John Fillmore, R-Apache Junction's bill clears, reported Las Vegas Review Journal.

The idea strikes a chord with Terry Rambler, San Carlos Apache tribe chairman, who voiced opposition at Tuesday's joint legislative session with the state's tribal governments: "Racinos have no place in Arizona," he stated, according to The Daily Courier.

Twelve states currently allow casino gaming at racetracks. The American Gaming Association says racetrack casinos nationwide generated $6.4 billion in revenue and $2.63 billion in taxes for state and local governments in 2009, reported The Arizona Republic.