Gambling interests are beginning to worry that Nevada could suffer if California turns to Indian gambling to help plug its budget deficit.
Proponents this week started the paperwork on an initiative to ask California voters if horse tracks and card clubs should be allowed to offer Las Vegas-style gambling.
Last week, some California Indian tribes said they´d be willing to negotiate new revenue-sharing deals with the state if they´re allowed to expand their casinos.
UNLV professor and gambling expert Bill Thompson says Nevada politicians have to tell California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger that Nevada and California economies are linked.
He says money California gamblers spend in the Silver State ends up being spent buying goods and services from the Golden State. California´s facing a deficit that Schwarzenegger´s staff estimates at $24 billion.
Wall Street analysts say Reno, Laughlin and downtown Las Vegas could be hurt the most if California gambling expands.