As in two previous comments I vote NO on notamorning person who is ignorant of history or too young to remember the facts !!
I am for casinos in Texas because of the number of jobs they create. People are going to go to Lousiana or Oklahoma and gamble. I have! So why not here in Texas and keep the money and jobs here. If you think you can't gamble in Texas you don't know about the friendly poker nights down the street or the football pots in all the work places.
Has Rick Perry or G. Bush before him corrected the lottery funds problem? I am not sure why folks by tickets looking at the odds!
JLordtree is correct about the jobs being middle class jobs...Some of the waitresses drive from Texas 3 days a week just to be able to get at opportunity at those kind of tips!! The people that repair the slot machines, bartenders and cashiers all make much more than minimum wage...When Katrina hit New Orleans and employees were out of work for months..Harrahs gave all employees 3 months pay in addition to paying for their health benefits...if their jobs were not available after 3 months..Harrahs moved their employees to a different casino so they could stay employed..They also cleared the floor of any gambling machines and made room for emergency workers to use the casino for a headquarters...Go Harrah's!!!
notamorningperson...I dont really care which fund they go in, apparently the shortfall was all over not just in ed. Ed took cuts because of the overall shortage. Zero, I lived in Louisiana, and while some were low paying jobs, the majority were workable middle wage jobs (including host, dealers, etc)...in fact they were highly valued and competitive. The end all of the end all is that it is a persons money and they should be able to gamble if they want to. A bigger crime is that we restrict Indian Reservations, which the state should never have a right to restrict. Also if you go to any Louisiana casino, look at all of the Texas license plates. The strawman argument that we cant calculate for sure the amount of people that would gamble in Texas, well if they are all in Louisiana, doesn't it make sense that they would choose to stay in state?
No matter how you look at it, the stock market is much more of a gamble than a casino and way more fortunes have been lost to the stock market!! Why is no one telling govt to close down the stock market? Some seniors and others are limited physically to what they can do for entertainment..are you seriously thinking it is your place to tell them what they can and can't do? I just got back from a great trip to Lake Charles..I left lots of money there...and I am going to do it again and again.. My money and my choice on how I spend it and it is your choice if I spend it in Texas or Louisiana!!!
Fairley, your link takes you to the industry website which touts how wonderful gaming is, especially if you own a casino. It doesn't mention the crime and addiction associated with gaming. Texas and a lot of other states have a bad history with thinking that permitting casinos and lotteries will be a windfal for government. It hasn't worked out that way. Jobs are created, but they tend to be low wage service jobs that displace other low wage service jobs. Some managerial positions will be created and of course there is the temporary bump in the building trades.
If you really need gaming to solve Texas' failure to adequately fund schools (so the grads can aspire to better than low wage service jobs) then maybe you should open up to legalizing drugs and prostitution. What's the difference now? Why not legalizing meth? It seems really popular, just like casinos.
http://www.casinosofla.com/fact-vs-my...This is the Gaming Commission of Louisiana's website. Read it for yourself.
Of course it should be legalized. People ARE going to gamble. If they can't here in Texas, then Louisiana and other states will be more than happy to take up the slack. The nannys in the legislature who decide that they know better than you how you should spend your money should be voted out in the next election. Remember, the legislature vote won't legalize gambling; all the legislature would be doing is allowing citizens to vote on it.
If it passes, I doubt I'll ever go into one. It's not my idea of fun. But I can't imagine voting to not allow others to gamble if they want to. Remember the old song, "Different Strokes for Different Folks?" That's the way it should be.
Wait a minute, I will go into the casinos IF they have the cheap buffet lunches and dinners like in other places.
This is not the answer to our State funding issue. The problem is SPENDING, not tax collection.
With all of the public sponsored bureaucracy lobbying for their existance and funding, the tax payer should wake up and deny them a place at the trough. Police, education, health care,...make them live on a budget. Just like you do at home.
Interesting that notamorningperson posted the same comment at both the pro and con sides of this issue! lolPat Barnes
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.