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Crist and Seminoles on gambling vote: we're in no hurry



Gov. Charlie Crist just issued this statement on the House committee's decision to unanimously reject the gambling compact he signed with the Seminole Tribe:

“While today’s vote is disappointing, I agree with Representative Galvano that the decision does not represent a line in the sand. We obviously have a long way to go before the end of session, so there is plenty of time for the Florida Legislature to approve a plan that would direct billions of dollars to Florida schools for years to come.   

"We all agree that Florida’s students and teachers must be a top priority, and that the education of our future workforce is essential to Florida’s economic future. By keeping those priorities in mind, I am confident the Legislature will see the benefits of approving a compact with the Seminole Tribe.”

Meanwhile, the tribe is not giving up hope either. It issued this statement:

"While the leaders of the Seminole Tribe are disappointed with today's vote, they are optimistic that with the continued strong support of Gov. Crist, a resolution of the compact issue will ultimately be achieved.  As of the end of January, the Tribe will have paid $225 million to the state for the education of Florida's children, according to terms of the original federally-approved compact agreement."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:14pm]


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