jlordtree, you must be for a bigger government. A commission growing out of controll like the lottery, TABC and now gamming. You cant have it both ways.
Ann Richards said no such thing , the wonderful legislature decided where the money was to be split, Baptist's don't want it cause they can't hide here like they can in Louisana and Mississippi, and hager can go butt a stump as far as I am concerned. Also its quite obvious Vegas and our neighbors don't want it , without Texas gamblers they would probably have to shut down !!!
A state income tax would be fine...IF...it would replace other taxes already being paid, but we know that would not be the case. The income that could be earned from casino gambling should be of great help to the state budget crisis and would provide some jobs as well.
Meh, leave it to democrats to recommend more taxes...an income tax works against those they try to help, but they will never admit that. Personally I am in favor of gambling. Not as much as a revenue source as I am because of they fact that it is an activity that should be enjoyed in every state and it sickens me that the government tells people what they can and cant do and that our state government has this huge impact on native american lands...which I am suprised has not been challenged in court. The truth of the matter is that we are losing revenue to other states...many who also have income taxes. Why make people go to other states? Its stupid. What I have come to realize is that Hager needs to go next election....as well as several other "old fashioned" politicians.
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"She" really didn't have much to do with it, nota....By the time it was up and fully running there was a GOP administration in office which allowed the business and law of the lottery itself (ie. the lottery Commission and alligned law firms) to become so bloated and ineffective that revenues from ticket sales became a trivial source of revenue at best...it is NOT a partisan political issue, it is simply the nature of gambling in a law and order system, the same would happen with casinos...through what would seem to be a door to revenue, in a state as enamored with law and regulation as Texas, we would soon find ourselves strangled with gambling commissions, oversight committees, enforcement agencies, etc......you can't have it both ways, yet Texans have historically shown no issue paying in the attempt live as though it is possible....anything to avoid the way the other states do things, a simple common sense, INCOME TAX
If you will remember, Ann Richards said that lottery ticket sales will go exclusively to fund education. After the measure was passed, she had amnesia and dumped the sales into the general fund. Vote NO on legalized gambling.