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2036756 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2011-03-15 13:56:44.0 UTC 2011-03-15T09:56:44.000-04:00 content/gaming-tea-party-trouble-mike-haridopolos published 2011-03-15 13:56:44.0 UTC 2011-03-15T09:56:44.000-04:00 drupal 106140 Who knew someone from the tea party cared about more government revenue and gaming? Apparently, Everett Wilkinson, South Florida Tea Party, does. Here's his open letter to the senate president, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate. --Marc Caputo March 14, 2011 Senator Mike Haridopolos President Florida State Senate 409 The Capitol 404 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100 Dear Senator Haridopolos: The Destination Casino bill now before the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee by the Las Vegas Sands corporation would cost the state $1.8 billion in lost Indian gaming revenue if it was passed and signed into law as written.This special interest bill is fiscally irresponsible as it is currently constituted. A report in the Miami Herald said the Seminoles are paying the state $378 million a year based on the terms of the compact approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Charlie Crist. Passage of the Las Vegas Sands casino bill legalizing casinos outside of Dade and Broward would immediately end the Seminoles requirement to pay the state.It would be five years before the first casino opened. The state would lose $378 million or more each year. The one time $50 million licensing fees for the five casinos anticipated in the bill would not come close to making up this revenue loss, nor is it likely five casinos would ever be licensed. We also question whether the new casinos once open could actually replace the revenue from the Seminoles at the 10% tax rate on casinos proposed under the Sands bill. Next fiscal year between the Broward/Dade slot operators and the Seminole Tribe the State will see about $500 million in Tax and compact dollars. At a 10% tax rate the proposed destination casinos would have to have as much gross Revenue as the entire Las Vegas strip just to match the revenue the State is currently receiving from the pari-mutuels in Miami-Dade and Broward and the Tribe. The entire Las Vegas Strip for 2009 had Revenues of $5.5 billion. "That is unlikely" While many in the Tea Party movement are libertarians who are not against the expansion of casino gambling per se, this bill as drafted will increase Florida's budget problems, not fix them. Given the way the 'regions' are constructed in the bill we also question whether local referendums could pass in any county but Miami-Dade and Broward thus creating one casino in those two counties which could not possibly generate as much revenue as we currently receive from the Seminoles. The large contributions to the Republican Party of Florida and your US Senate campaign from executives at the Las Vegas sands corporation must also be viewed with suspicion if this bill leaves committee. I agree with you when you wrote in your book for Brevard Community College “During those two years, he ( the Senate President ) is a king, exercising more power within his chamber,” and "“Traditionally, a member who accepts a chairmanship tacitly agrees to support the president’s agenda. As a result, Senate presidents expect a degree of loyalty, if not complete obedience, from their committee chairs" .'If this bill leaves committee as written everyone in the Tea Party will know you approved it. Sincerely, Everett Wilkinson Chairman, South Florida Tea Party Michael C Bender the-buzz-florida-politics Mike Haridopolos,tea party Gaming & tea-party trouble for Mike Haridopolos templatedata/tampabaytimes/BlogArticle/data/the-buzz-florida-politics/2011/03/15/106140-gaming-tea-party-trouble-mike-haridopolos BlogArticle Who knew someone from the tea party cared about more government revenue and gaming?Mike Haridopolos,tea partyMike Haridopolos,tea party 2265061 2016-02-11 20:01:02.0 UTC 6 Months Ago ted-cruz-ad-suggests-rubio-played-tea-party the-buzz-florida-politics Ted Cruz ad suggests Rubio played tea party BlogArticle 2284364 2016-07-06 19:12:09.0 UTC 2 Months Ago rubio-gets-tea-party-backing-despite-huge-mistake-on-immigration the-buzz-florida-politics Rubio gets tea party backing despite 'huge mistake' on immigration BlogArticle 2265457 2016-02-15 18:36:20.0 UTC 6 Months Ago bush-donald-trump-is-trying-to-hijack-the-republican-party the-buzz-florida-politics Bush: 'Donald Trump is trying to hijack the Republican Party' BlogArticle <div class="entry-body"> <p>Who knew someone from the tea party cared about more government revenue and gaming?</p> <p>Apparently,&nbsp;Everett Wilkinson,&nbsp;South Florida Tea Party, does. Here's his open letter to the senate president, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.</p> <p>--Marc Caputo&nbsp; </p> </div> <!--break--> <div> <p>M<em>arch 14, 2011</em></p> <p><em>Senator Mike Haridopolos&nbsp;<br /> President Florida State Senate&nbsp;<br /> 409 The Capitol&nbsp;<br /> 404 South Monroe Street&nbsp;<br /> Tallahassee, FL 32399-1100</em></p> <p><em>Dear Senator Haridopolos:</em></p> <p><em>The Destination Casino bill now before the Senate Commerce and Tourism Committee by the Las Vegas Sands corporation would cost the state $1.8 billion in lost Indian gaming revenue if it was passed and signed into law as written.This special interest bill is fiscally irresponsible as it is currently constituted.</em></p> <p><em>A report in the Miami Herald said the Seminoles are paying the state $378 million a year based on the terms of the compact approved by the legislature and signed by Governor Charlie Crist. Passage of the Las Vegas Sands casino bill legalizing casinos outside of Dade and Broward would immediately end the Seminoles requirement to pay the state.It would be five years before the first casino opened. The state would lose $378 million or more each year. The one time $50 million licensing fees for the five casinos anticipated in the bill would not come close to making up this revenue loss, nor is it likely five casinos would ever be licensed.</em></p> </div> <p><em> </em></p> <p><em>We also question whether the new casinos once open could actually replace the revenue from the Seminoles at the 10% tax rate on casinos proposed under the Sands bill. Next fiscal year between the Broward/Dade slot operators and the Seminole Tribe the State will see about $500 million in Tax and compact dollars.</em></p> <p><em>At a 10% tax rate the proposed destination casinos would have to have as much gross Revenue as the entire Las Vegas strip just to match the revenue the State is currently receiving from the pari-mutuels in Miami-Dade and Broward and the Tribe. The entire Las Vegas Strip for 2009 had Revenues of $5.5 billion. &quot;That is unlikely&quot;</em></p> <p><em>While many in the Tea Party movement are libertarians who are not against the expansion of casino gambling per se, this bill as drafted will increase Florida's budget problems, not fix them. Given the way the 'regions' are constructed in the bill we also question whether local referendums could pass in any county but Miami-Dade and Broward thus creating one casino in those two counties which could not possibly generate as much revenue as we currently receive from the Seminoles.</em></p> <p><em>The large contributions to the Republican Party of Florida and your US Senate campaign from executives at the Las Vegas sands corporation must also be viewed with suspicion if this bill leaves committee.</em></p> <p><em>I agree with you when you wrote in your book for Brevard Community College “During those two years, he ( the Senate President ) is a king, exercising more power within his chamber,” and &quot;“Traditionally, a member who accepts a chairmanship tacitly agrees to support the president’s agenda. As a result, Senate presidents expect a degree of loyalty, if not complete obedience, from their committee chairs&quot; .'If this bill leaves committee as written everyone in the Tea Party will know you approved it.</em></p> <p><em>Sincerely,&nbsp;<br /> Everett Wilkinson&nbsp;<br /> Chairman, South Florida Tea Party</em></p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:42:17