HomePublicationsNewsletter ArchiveNewslettersVolume 22Issue 36Gun Lake Tribe's Fall Revenue Sharing Payments Exceed $6.9 Million

On December 7, 2016, The Gun Lake Tribe (“Tribe”) announced the details of its fall revenue sharing payments. According to the Tribe’s press release, the State of Michigan received $3,974,387, the local revenue sharing board received $1,823,054, and GLIMI, an economic development entity, received $1,192,316. Revenue sharing payments are distributed semi-annually under terms of the tribal-state gaming compact and the figures are calculated from electronic gaming revenues reported from April 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016.

“This revenue sharing distribution is the result of government-to-government cooperation for the benefit of all Michiganders,” said Scott Sprague, Chairman of the Gun Lake Tribe. “The state revenue sharing payments help to fund economic development projects beyond West Michigan, while the local revenue sharing payments is important for municipal services and public education.”

In May of 2007, the Tribe and the State of Michigan executed a gaming compact wherein the Tribe agreed to share a percentage of electronic gaming revenues with local and state governments. In July of this year, the Tribe and State announced a Partial Settlement Agreement to resolve an interpretation of the tribal-state gaming compact. The Agreement resulted in a portion of Gun Lake Casino state revenue sharing to be paid to GLIMI, which is overseen by the State and the Tribe’s economic development corporation, Gun Lake Investments. According to the Tribe, GLIMI was formed to pursue non-gaming economic development and job creation.

The state revenue sharing payments are dependent on the continued preservation of exclusive gaming rights within the Tribe’s competitive market area, which also includes statewide expansion of certain lottery games. The market area as defined by the gaming compact, includes the cities of Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Lansing, as well as the entire counties of Kent, Kalamazoo and Ingham, among others.

Additionally, the gaming compact prescribes, independent of gaming exclusivity, mandatory funding to local municipalities for:

· Costs incurred due to the operation of the casino;

· Public safety services;

· And replacement of tax revenue.

Gun Lake Casino opened in February 2011 and now employs more than 800 team members. The Gun Lake Tribe has now shared $86,627,347 with state and local governments over twelve distributions.


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