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PolitiFact Florida: New gaming compact offers Florida biggest guaranteed share of any state, Seminoles say



The Seminole Tribe of Florida is trying to convince the Legislature that approving a new gaming compact is a safe bet.

As lawmakers consider a plan negotiated between the Seminoles and Gov. Rick Scott, the tribe has started running commercials with the message that the agreement helps the state. One of the ads ticks off several benefits of the deal Scott has touted to the Legislature, which has been reluctant to agree to the compact.

"The governor authorized a new and unprecedented Seminole compact: Nearly 20,000 new Florida jobs; $3 billion in guaranteed revenue, the largest share for any state in history; and for the first time, empowering the Legislature to limit expansion to keep Florida's entertainment options family friendly," the commercial said.

That’s a lot to pack into one 30-second spot. PolitiFact Florida was especially curious about the $3 billion in payments the tribe promised the state. Is it really the most any state has received from Indian gaming in history?

It looks like the odds are in the tribe’s favor.

Read more about the Seminole compact in our fact-check here.

[Last modified: Friday, February 12, 2016 11:43am]


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