|In California, a television campaign backing four tribal gambling compacts that voters will consider in early-February began running statewide television advertisements featuring Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this week.|
The adverts suggest that the deals are crucial to solving the State's budget crisis and also include Superintendent For Public Instruction Jack O'Connell and Leon Nixon of the Police Officers Research Association Of California, California’s largest police union.
Schwarzenegger signed legislation in July that would allow four southern California tribes to add up to 17,000 new slot machines in exchange for providing additional revenues to State coffers. However, opponents later placed four referendums on the ballot to overturn the deals, which meant that the proposed legislation must be put to a vote.
The Governor’s office estimated last month that California faces a $14 billion budget deficit over the next 18 months and the advertisements seeks to use this as a reason for voters to approve the new compacts.
The non-partisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimated that the State could receive between $131 million and $200 million annually over the next few years. The Office's analysis stated that the deals could, in the long run, provide revenues in the ‘low to mid-hundreds of millions of dollars’ each year until they expire in 2030.