Encroachment, encroachment, encroachment – or perhaps not

Excellent reporting from Indian Country Today – with actual data!! –  Was the Spokane Casino Helped by an Air Force Decision? – ICTMN.com.

Interesting quotes:

Spokane can be a tough place to make a living, with an unemployment rate of 9.1 percent in March compared to 4.7 percent in Seattle. The per capita income in Spokane County was just under $36,000 in 2011, well under the national average of $41,000.

Patrick Jones, director of the Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis at Eastern Washington University, says of Spokane “yeah we’re poor but I don’t think we’re as poor as we think we are” and “we do have a diversified economy” thanks to a large health-care sector.

Says government accounts for 17% of all jobs here, compared to 12% average on other communities.

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