Details emerge on gambling expansion

Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray

By Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services  

OK. So you think Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray will rush for at least 75 yards in an upcoming game.

Wanna bet on it?

That would become legal in Arizona under the terms of a plan by Gov. Doug Ducey. And you’d even be able to do that from your phone.

Also look for legalized wagering on “fantasy” leagues. If keno is your thing, that, too, would be available — but not everywhere.

And there could be more tribal casinos with more kinds of games.

It’s all in the details obtained Monday by Capitol Media Services about the multi-pronged proposal which would vastly expand what kind of legal wagering can occur here, both on and off-reservation.

But this is about more than providing easier access for Arizonans for a way to wager.

Most notably, the plan — and the deal Ducey has negotiated with tribes who currently have the exclusive right to most forms of gaming in Arizona — would generate new dollars for the state while allowing the governor to keep his promise of not raising taxes. In fact, depending on the revenues, they even could help Ducey finally get closer to his multi-year promise of moving the state’s income tax rate as close to zero as possible.

It’s a truly complex deal.


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February 2021