Here's a good editorial summarizing the benefits of Props. 94-97:
Attorney for 2 tribes explains why propositions should pass
The $9 billion figure is uncertain, but whatever the figure is, it's in the billions.
One alleged argument against the gaming compacts is that they don't "guarantee" money to education. True, because the billions of dollars will go into the general fund, where they can be used for education, law enforcement, or any other pressing need. Education undoubtedly will get some money, so this argument is misleading at best.
Another alleged argument against the compacts is that they don't provide union protections. What that means is that unions aren't satisfied with the secret ballots they already have in the existing compacts. They want any new compacts to enforce a card-check system--in which union members must make their choice in front of everyone. The new compacts preserve the secret-ballot system.
Perhaps the most bogus argument against the compacts is that some tribes will benefit at the expense of others. Here are a couple of postings that refute the tribe vs. tribe claims:
Two tribes vs. many
Deceptive anti-compact ad
Finally, if you're libertarian or conservative, there are several reasons to vote for the propositions:
One other argument against the propositions: It's possible that along with creating jobs and generating income for the state and tribes, they'll increase crime and traffic. That would be true of any business expansion such as opening a new theme park or Wal-Mart. Our usual approach is to mitigate these problems, not to deny businesses the right to expand.
Really, about the only valid reason for voting against the compacts is if you oppose gambling on moral grounds. In that case, you may decide the increased gambling is bad. But gambling won't go away if you vote "no" on the propositions. It's here to stay.