“That is about justice,” stated Senator Curtis King, R-Yakima, a sponsor of the invoice. “We have to share the wealth. We have to maintain Washington state as nicely.”
Eric Persson, the proprietor of Maverick Gaming, stated the invoice would enable his firm so as to add high-paying jobs, whereas offering an estimated $ 50 million a yr in tax income to state and native governments.
The $ 50 million was questioned by Senator Derek Stanford, a Bothell Democrat, who stated it might take a large quantity of sports activities betting to generate that a lot tax income.
“That does not appear attainable to me,” Stanford stated, estimating the state is extra prone to see $ four million or much less per yr in such income.
A number of Maverick Gaming workers testified that the corporate’s 2,000 workers within the state, for essentially the most half, have family-wage jobs with advantages. Persson stated the invoice would enable him to rent an extra 200 workers.
However George urged lawmakers to reject the proposal once more.
“They’re right here to advertise the outcomes of a Nevada firm,” George stated.
Maverick Gaming operates 19 card rooms in Washington.
Senate Invoice 5212 is co-sponsored by King and the Democratic chief, Senator Marko Liias of Lynnwood. It might apply solely to current arcades and race tracks. It permits sports activities playing on-line, however solely inside the confines of the gaming venues.