Butt out Congress, this casino is already paying off — Arizona Republic

Guest opinion from Glendale Vice Mayor Ian Hugh, Surprise Mayor Sharon Wolcott, Peoria Mayor Cathy Carlat and Tolleson Mayor Adolfo Gamez

We, along with other local and state elected officials, are joined in opposition to H.R. 308 and S. 152, the “Keeping the Promise Acts of 2015,” being debated in the U.S. House and Senate.

This legislation would disrupt a $400 million economic development project well underway on reservation land held in trust by the U.S. government for the Tohono O’odham Nation. In light of federal court decisions in support of the project, it makes no sense for Congress to stop this project.

Our interest in this project is twofold.

First, this is a matter of local control and we respectfully request to be recognized for our role as elected representatives with the responsibility to defend the interests of the Arizonans we represent.

We were not consulted on this legislation, and we stand together to affirm that those closest to the project are solidly in support of this development. We appreciate this most significant economic development project in our communities.

Read the full guest opinion at the Arizona Republic.