WSJ Column: Tribes should pay their fair share
Tuesday, October 14, 2003

"The problem is that American Indians don't pay taxes. They live in autonomous regions, yet can vote in U.S. elections. And even more importantly, they can lobby and make campaign contributions -- something they have done prodigiously in recent years.

The California tribes, with their untaxed billions, may have the political clout to stop the Terminator. But Mr. Schwarzenegger is right on this one. The tribal casinos shouldn't be allowed to wield enormous political influence on the one hand, while claiming sovereign exemption from taxation on the other. They ought to pay their fair share of the financial costs of a state that they try so hard to control politically.

Or to put it another way: No representation without taxation."

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Alan Murray: Schwarzenegger Has One Useful Idea: Tap Casino Money (The Wall Street Journal 10/14)

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