Senator “Ka-ching” Murray is showing a cavalier attitude and doesn’t seem to have any data to explain her support. The data shows that every dollar in state revenue will cost three dollars in social costs.
Pro-casino supporters question the studies that clearly show gambling to have dubious economic benefits yet can’t produce any numbers themselves that include an accounting of the costs. All we ever see is overly rosy job and revenue estimates.
If the economic data is right, the $400M in revenue we receive, will come with a $1.2B price tag.
Not exactly the sort of economic development I’m looking for. We should demand a real cost benefit analysis instead of accepting the tired old mantra of jobs, revenue, recapture without question.
“So far we haven’t heard very much,” he said. “We heard: ‘We don’t know how many people are going to become addicted. We don’t know what this is going to cost us, but we’re going to do it anyway.’ ”