HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveVolume 24Issue 352018 REVIEW OF TRIBAL GAMING OPERATIONS

The American Gaming Association (“AGA”) released a comprehensive study of the state-by-state economic impact of tribal casino gaming in the United States. The 2018 Report is the second consecutive year that Meister Economic Consulting and AGA have conducted a comprehensive study of the economic impact of tribal gaming.  According to the Report, tribal gaming operators are present in 28 states and create nearly half of all U.S. gaming revenue.  The Report details the widespread economic impact that tribal casinos have in states across the country, providing diverse career opportunities, supporting local businesses and generating tax revenue and revenue share payments for all levels of government.

Key findings from the report include:

  • The upper Midwest is a hub of tribal gaming activity. Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin tribal casinos combined generated nearly $1.5 billion in state, local and federal taxes and revenue share payments, supported nearly 78,000 jobs and added $10.2 billion to the states’ economies.
  • California is the largest tribal gaming state by economic activity, jobs and tax payments. Tribal casinos add $20 billion to the Golden State’s economy, support jobs for nearly 125,000 Californians and generate $3.4 billion in taxes and revenue share payments to all levels of government; and
  • Oklahoma is the second largest tribal gaming state with tribal casinos, creating jobs for nearly 75,000 Oklahomans, generating $1.6 billion in taxes and revenue share payments and adding $9.6 billion to the state’s economy.



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