“What we believe is happening is they are offering promotions to customers who are coming in and playing slot machines and taking wins, and the tribes are deducting those winnings to arrive at the [casino’s] net win,” said Norvell.
A spokesman for the state’s governor, Susana Martinez, said she also is concerned that the state isn’t receiving its fair share, which “should concern New Mexico taxpayers as well.”
“Given the large amount of money that appears to be due to the state, she does support efforts to recoup this revenue; these are funds that could be used for critical initiatives, including ongoing efforts to revive our economy and create jobs, as well as reform our education system to ensure that our kids can read and succeed,” said spokesman Scott Darnell.
Norvell said it would require an arbitrator to step in and decide who is correct. “If they are right,” he said, “we will back off.”