Great Wolf Lodge http://www.kplu.org en Documents show agency insiders questioned Great Wolf Lodge tax exemption http://www.kplu.org/post/documents-show-agency-insiders-questioned-great-wolf-lodge-tax-exemption <p>GRAND MOUND, Wash. - Great Wolf Resorts is a Wisconsin-based chain of indoor water parks and hotels. Four years ago, the company expanded what it calls its &ldquo;paw print&rdquo; to the Northwest.</p><p>It opened its first west coast property at Grand Mound, Washington south of Olympia. The state of Washington declared the resort tax exempt because Great Wolf partnered with the Chehalis Indian Tribe.</p><p>Now, Correspondent Austin Jenkins has obtained internal state documents that question that tax-free status &ndash; potentially worth tens of millions of dollars.</p><p> Wed, 16 May 2012 08:33:33 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5027 at http://www.kplu.org Documents show agency insiders questioned Great Wolf Lodge tax exemption Great Wolf Lodge tax exemption stands despite internal doubts, court ruling http://www.kplu.org/post/great-wolf-lodge-tax-exemption-stands-despite-internal-doubts-court-ruling <p>Since the 1970s, U.S. policy toward American Indian tribes has been to encourage economic independence. Tribal casinos are probably the most visible symbol of that policy.</p><p>These days, tribes are diversifying into other businesses. In 2005, the Chehalis Indian tribe in southwest Washington partnered with a Wisconsin-based water park chain to build a destination resort. The state of Washington, in turn, granted the project tax exempt status. But now, internal state documents question whether Great Wolf Lodge really is a tribal entity and eligible for favorable tax treatment.</p><p> Tue, 15 May 2012 15:51:56 +0000 Austin Jenkins 5021 at http://www.kplu.org Great Wolf Lodge tax exemption stands despite internal doubts, court ruling