The Pojoaque Pueblo is throwing legal tomahawks at the state of New Mexico over a lightweight they feel is maybe not being negotiated in good faith (Image: Pojoaque Pueblo Realty)
It’s no secret that the negotiations that are compact United states Indian tribes and states concerning gambling enterprises and other gambling facilities can be contentious throughout the best of times. On the one hand, states are often reluctant partners who wish to get just as much benefit that is financial possible without allowing tribes to offer unrestricted gaming on their land. Meanwhile, the tribes are often unhappy about having to negotiate at all to bring development that is economic land that is supposed to be their own.
That is a pretty good description of the relationship between New Mexico and the Pojoaque Pueblo tribe of Native Us citizens. Right now, the two sides are operating under a compact that lasts until June 2015. But with that agreement operating out in about 18 months, negotiations are underway to hit a bargain that is new the Pojoaque Pueblo doesn’t think hawaii is dealing in good faith.
That’s why the tribe has made a decision to sue the continuing state within the failure in negotiations. Based on the Pojoaque Pueblo, their state federal government plus in particular, Governor Susana Martinez’s administration has been trying to get a tax that is illegal any new benefits for the tribe.
The tribe started requesting a renewal of the compact in June 2010, while the state later appointed a negotiator to work out a deal. But after two meetings, the tribe says there has been no progress at all on the many important points.
More Taxes, More Fees
In line with the lawsuit, the Pojoaque Pueblo states that the state’s proposition would start to see the two edges come right into a 23-year compact. Immediately, their state’s share of gambling revenue would increase from 8 percent to 9.5 % — and would climb further in later years, up to a level that is eventual of percent. Meanwhile, the state’s proposition would involve increased fees also and would limit the scope of tribal gambling operations. Presently, the tribe operates two casinos north of Santa Fe the Buffalo Thunder Resort and Casino, and the populous Cities of Gold Casino and would like to maintain the substitute for open other properties aswell.
‘The Pueblo cannot agree to greater taxation and regulatory fees, the continuation of outdated business practices, or new limitations which are damaging to the industry,’ stated Pueblo Governor George Rivera.
According to the Pueblo, a counteroffer was issued that would maybe not ask the continuing state for any protection from gambling competition. However, that proposition additionally does not include any conditions for the tribe to generally share gaming revenue.
A spokesman for Governor Martinez disputed the tribe’s claims, saying that they have been negotiating in good faith.
‘It’s incredibly regrettable that Pojoaque has selected to litigate, perhaps not negotiate,’ said spokesman Enrique Knell. ‘This is an unnecessary and possibly costly strategy on their part, one that, unfortunately, tribal leadership has been seemingly determined to just take for the last year.’
The lawsuit doesn’t ask for damages, but instead requests that the court appoint a mediator that would work with all the two sides for up to 60 days in order to help strike a deal.
This lawsuit is the incident that is latest in a contentious relationship between the Pojoaque Pueblo and brand New Mexico. While almost every other tribes signed gambling compacts in 2001, Pojoaque was one of two tribes to refuse, maybe not coming to a contract with the continuing state until 2005. In 2007, many tribes agreed to extended compacts by having a tax enhance that brought the state’s share of revenue up to 10.75 percent, but the Pojoaque Pueblo once again refused.
No Takers Yet for Atlantic Club Auction As Union Makes Demands
The Atlantic Club one of the oldest existing casinos in Atlantic City remains up for auction (Image: Philly.com/Michael Bryant)
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Finally a taker for the Atlantic Club, but perhaps not just what the casino had in your mind: Caesars Entertainment has reportedly put in a bid for the property that is beleaguered but then intends to shut it down since early as January 13, 2014.
Colony Capital LLC the outfit that presently owns Atlantic Club announced late week that is last the sales contract would be forwarded to bankruptcy court for last approvals.
Caesars is getting the house for a fire sale price of $15 million, which includes the property that is entire all its fixtures; the casino’s current gaming equipment has been snatched up by competitor Tropicana for $8.4 million, and legal processing will charge the removal of the equipment to Atlantic Club.
With the closing, Atlantic City’s troubled land casino scene will shrink to 11, and four of those staying is properties that are caesars-owned.
The total $23.4 million sale cost gives Atlantic Club the dubious difference of setting a new low in casino sales; the previous low record holder was Resorts Casino Hotel, sold 3 years ago for $31.5 million.
Who wants to buy the Atlantic Club Casino Hotel in Atlantic City? It up, likely at a bargain price if you have the cash and you’re not PokerStars, of course the casino is currently up for auction, allowing anyone who has interest in purchasing the struggling property to pick.
Going, Going, Still Here
However, after two days at auction, there still hasn’t been a buyer. That does not mean that nobody will pick up the casino: despite the fact that it might well be the least of the dozen casinos in Atlantic City, it’s still a casino after all, and contains a lot of potential value. The casino hopes to have someone ready to make a purchase by and it’s likely that talks will be ongoing with potential buyers in the days to come monday.
Still, the method is going a bit slow than expected. When the Atlantic Club Casino went into bankruptcy, the bankruptcy court set away a schedule for the sale of the casino that assumed a buyer will be found by the day that is second of. Which means the schedule that is entire of has been pushed back, having a hearing to get yourself a judge’s approval for any sale being pushed back to Monday morning.
That sale may have just become a little more complex. Local 54 associated with the Unite-HERE union has asked a judge to block any purchase of the Atlantic Club that doesn’t add a guarantee from the customer that they are going to assume the employee that is existing, or at least negotiate a new one with the union. The union, which represents a number of different casino and resort employees, filed their objection just in time for you to meet a last-minute deadline.
Based on the union, the Atlantic Club did not comply with a federal bankruptcy code legislation that will require both notification towards the union, and negotiations before they will be allowed to terminate a labor contract that is existing. They state that none of the possible buyers have met this legal requirement either, which may suggest they’d need certainly to undertake the contract that is existing.
Long History in Atlantic City
The bankruptcy and sale associated with Atlantic Club are just the final chapters within the tale of a long-struggling casino. Previously referred to as the Atlantic City Hilton, it is amongst the smallest and earliest casinos in the town, also it has had difficulty contending with many of its newer and much more neighbors that are luxurious. In recent years, the Atlantic Club attempted to rebrand itself as being a haven for locals and casual gamblers, but that move only served to stave off the unavoidable.
Earlier this the Rational Group the parent company of PokerStars attempted to purchase the Atlantic Club in an effort to gain a foothold in New Jersey ahead of the state’s regulation of online gambling year. The sale might have been the least expensive in history for any Atlantic City casino, with PokerStars paying just $15 million to gain ownership.
However, the sale was held up because of fears that state regulators is uncomfortable with a purchase by an online gambling company that continued operating into the United States after the passage of the UIGEA regulations in 2006. After contractual deadlines passed, the Atlantic Club backed out of the offer, and PokerStars failed to recover $11 million that they had loaned to the casino, which had been designated towards the purchase price.
MGM Clears Springfield Massachusetts Suitability Check
An artist’s rendering associated with proposed MGM Springfield in Massachusetts, which has now passed the suitability hurdle.
The Massachusetts Gaming Commission must be filled with warm-heartedness this vacation season; just a couple of days after giving Steve Wynn their blessing that is papal a suitability thumbs up for his planned Everett casino task in eastern Massachusetts, they have now done the same for MGM Resorts Global and its particular prospective Springfield casino in the western section of the state.
Technically, the commission approved Blue Tarp reDevelopment LLC (sic), but that body is beneath the 99 percent ownership of MGM, with just one single percent belonging up to a Paul Picknelly.
‘Our approach from the beginning with this rigorous procedure has been to be as forthright … as possible in order to showcase our … global work ethic and high criteria,’ said MGM in a published statement, following the long-drawn-out approval process, which includes dragged on for pretty much a year now. The intense investigation concentrated on both MGM’s economic and ‘ethical’ suitability to do business in their state of Massachusetts.
Locals’ Reaction Still Mixed
Although MGM is currently the only casino designer still standing for the single western Massachusetts license and inspite of the suitability approval local reaction remains blended to the possibility of having legal gambling become a brick-and-mortar reality in the Bay State.
‘Everyone wants the money. That’s the things I think. The cities want money. Everyone wants money and so it’s going to be very hard,’ Stephen Jasienowski of Northampton told a news outlet that is local.
Good read, Stephen.
But another area resident, Tom Courtney of Wilbraham, told the news which he thinks the casino could be a benefit that is definite the location, which has been hard-hit by the economic recession of recent years.
‘Springfield’s gone through some difficult times so I think maybe something such as this could not be an idea that is bad the overall area,’ said Courtney.
This past November’s casino referendum vote in Massachusetts was rocky, according to which parts of the state were up for vote, but both Everett where Steve Wynn’s casino project is on the fast track now and Springfield managed to pass with a wide margin. The areas like Suffolk Downs’ planned East Boston/Revere home were met with oddly divergent views; while East Boston summarily rejected the proposal, Revere overwhelmingly authorized it, and along with new partner Mohegan Sun, Suffolk Downs has become pursuing a redo that is revere-only their plans, with the blessings for the gaming payment.
Should Really Be Comprehensive Steam Ahead Now
With this suitability stamp of approval, Springfield’s chief development officer Kevin Kennedy foresees smooth sailing from here on out for the MGM casino task inside their city, with official licensing anticipated to come through some time in May.
‘If we do everything correctly, and we continue on the course that we’re on while having been on for a long time, i believe we are on the right road so I think we’re gonna be okay,’ said Kennedy, redundantly.
Should that licensing come through as scheduled, MGM might begin ground that is breaking exact same thirty days, which would mean the new Springfield casino could possibly start as soon as end-of-year 2016.