(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) - What do Indiana’s gubernatorial candidates think of the City of Lawrenceburg’s revenue agreement with Hollywood Casino?
Lawrenceburg has received millions of dollars in 16 years since the riverboat opened thanks to the revenue-sharing agreement.
During his time in office, current Governor Mitch Daniels has kept a promise to not support any state effort seeking a bigger cut of the city’s riverboat revenues for Indiana’s coffers. Daniels stuck by that promise during efforts by some state lawmakers to raid Lawrenceburg’s gaming money.
When asked last week during a campaign stop in Dearborn County, Republican Mike Pence said he supports the “status quo.”
“Revenues for the state government and for local governments from gaming has become a part of the fabric of our state since we adopted the referendum in 1988,” Pence said. “My view of that as an element of the state budget or other budgets is the status quo... …I would look for no change.”
During a rally in Lawrenceburg, Democrat John Gregg indicated the same.
“I’m a big fan of local control. I was in the legislature in the early 90’s and we passed that to be able to help these local communities along the river. I’ve seen what it’s done from Rising Sun to Lawrenceburg to Vevay and on over to Evansville. It’s been marvelous. It’s working. Sometimes when things are working we ought to just leave them alone,” Gregg, a former Speaker of the Indiana House, said.
Each candidate admitted they weren’t very familiar with the City of Lawrenceburg’s revenue agreement. For that reason, neither were prepared to make any promises.
Gregg indicated that any effort to tap into Lawrenceburg’s revenue would likely have to originate in the legislature.