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SHORTER, AL (WSFA) - Victoryland representatives say they'll distribute employee paychecks at the Macon County Courthouse since the facility is closed.
The need for an offsite payroll distribution was necessary, according to Victoryland officials, because of Governor Bob Riley's continuing efforts to close facilities like Victoryland across the state.
Employees can pickup their checks on Saturday, Feb. 6 from 8:00am to 1:00pm on the second floor of the courthouse. It's located at 101 Rosa Parks Avenue in Tuskegee.
"This is the unfortunate result of the governor's politically motivated anti-bingo campaign," said VictoryLand Chief Operating Officer Lewis T. Benefield. "Governor Riley has caused thousands of good, hardworking people to be displaced from their jobs at a time when decent-paying jobs are difficult to find.
Benefield went on to say that Governor Riley "might like to pat himself on the back for bringing big industries, with tax-free incentives, to the state, but he brings them to Alabama's more prosperous counties. What about the forgotten counties like Macon?"
Victoryland's Benefield says he will fight to re-open the gaming center, Macon County's largest employer.
RESPONSE FROM GOVERNOR'S OFFICE
Governor Riley's Communications Director, Jeff Emerson, responded to Benefield's remarks late Friday afternoon saying that it's unfortunate that anyone is out of work.
"Milton McGregor put these people out of work by closing his casino to hide what he's doing from law enforcement," Emerson explained. "He even closed down other establishments that are not part of the casinos, putting more people out of work."
Emerson added that, "If we're going to start allowing criminal conduct because it creates employment, where do we stop? There will be no economic growth in this state if private industry doesn't have confidence that the laws of Alabama will be enforced."