Griffith proposes Creek gambling expansion

Poarch Creek Indians Flag (Wikimedia Commons)

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – Democratic candidate for governor Parker Griffith says that if elected, he would open discussions with the Poarch Creek Indians about a gambling compact that would allow them to operate casinos with more types of games.

Griffith unveiled additional planks in his “Plan for Alabama’s Future” on Thursday in Huntsville.

“Poarch Creek leaders have done a great job with gaming in Alabama, and we should be talking about expansion to generate more tax revenue for the state and jobs for Alabamians,” Griffith said.

The tribe has casinos in Atmore, Montgomery and Wetumpka, but they have only electronic games. They do not have table games.

Griffith said he would like to discuss a state compact like Florida has with the Seminole tribe. That tribe operates slot machines and table games.

Some legislators have suggested a compact could help Alabama address its budget problems, but Republican Gov. Robert Bentley said recently he has had no discussion with the Poarch Creeks.

Griffith said Thursday he would also like to get the state out of the liquor business and turn over the sale of spirits to private enterprise. He also said he wants to look at cutting or eliminating Alabama’s capital gains tax.

“I’m a free market capitalist. I believe in the power of the free market to create jobs and generate new tax revenue for Alabama,” the former north Alabama congressman said.

Griffith’s announcement Thursday added new areas to his platform, which had focused on expanding Medicaid and creating an education lottery. Griffith faces Bentley in the general election Nov. 4.

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