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."