No, no, no. You’re all confused. No locals will be fleaced with this. It’s all to increase the convention traffic!
God, I can’t believe I typed that straight faced.
The people who will make out the most are the casino operators (duh). They float the idea to the state / city / etc., using the farcical idea of increase in tourism / conventions, jobs created in the casinos, along with increased tax revinues to help the struggling school systems. Councelmen / Representatives think this is a great idea, expecially because the proposal comes along with an envelope filled with unmarked $100 bills. And the Governor has to go along, or else he is accused of not wanting to help the schools!
In reality, it is the locals who get the shaft. The rich may stop by the cassino and drop a few hundred or even a few thousand, but that’s money they otherwise would have put into other entertainment or unnecessary hard goods. Other businesses loose revenue or close entirely, loosing lower paying jobs. The middle class / poor also might stop at the casino. They’re loosing monies necessary to keep themselvs alive. Similar economic results, with the addition of dragging themselves down besides the others. And the increase in tourism doesn’t make up for this.
In Illinois, we have found that the vast majority of revenues of the riverboat casinos comes from locals, not tourists.
We are having similar debates here in the Chicago area. Chicago claims it is loosing conventions because of no gambling within the city limits. What, they can’t rent a bus and drive 1/2 hour? Maybe they’re loosing the business because of poor facilities and bad regulations (you have to have a union carpenter and electrition on hand for set-up of any booths, even if the only electrical work is plugging in a light). By the way, Atlantic City is a cess-pool just blocks away from the casinos. Believe it or not, Detroit is just going to get worse.
“It isn’t pollution that’s harming the environment. It’s the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.”