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Michigan Looking for Casino Expansion. 2005-08-02
The State of Michigan plans to build six new casinos, despite the fact there is very little room for such a venture. City planners believe that revenues will shift in the building of these casinos. Other casinos planners are worried will not be able to grow because they will be taking revenues away from other casinos.
Many gamblers in Michigan have a different opinion. They feel that there are enough casinos. Observers believe it is not that there arenít enough casinos, but that they just want more, because they enjoy the spread out of the casinos.
There is opposition between gamblers, and local businesses and other casinos because of the room value, and the revenue in this case. Native American casinos in Michigan have faced competition from non-tribal ones in Detroit. These casinos realize that growth is not so big since the opening of the Detroit casinos.
Potawatomi Tribes including; the Nottawaseppi Huron Band near Battle Creek, the Pokagon Band in New Buffalo, and the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Bank or Gun Lake Tribe in Allegan County, Southwestern Michigan, all want to receive permission for building new casinos. They believe that the casinos will create new jobs, help the state economy. Tribal vs. non-tribal is the issue here, and Michigan is in a tough position to know if casino additions will be successful.
A federal lawsuit has been financed by opposition group "23 is Enough" against the Gun Lake Tribe. They say that the casino is illegal, and is competition to the Grand Rapids businesses, due to its tax-free position. Court cases are also pending against two tribes stating that the environmental impact of these casinos will be harmful.
(By Andrea)