I hope by now, everyone has read the article in the Boston Globe:
For casino opponents, an unlikely ace in the hole
I’m proud to be associated in a small way with a coalition dedicated to educating the public about the facts of the costs and impacts of slots which have been called the “Crack Cocaine of Gambling.”
We simply can’t afford the costs.
Last week, a poll was released that seems to indicate Massachusetts residents support gambling. In response, I posted this:
Clyde Delivers ….
The same day, ignored by the media, this poll was released: 70% Oppose CT Gambling Expansion
Should we wonder if sanity begins over the state line? Others have questioned the credibility of the pollster.
Recently, I was stuck by Roll of the dice:
When the Seneca Niagara Casino opened on New Year’s Eve 2002, it was surrounded by neighborhoods of rotting and dilapidated housing and vacant storefronts lined nearby Niagara Street.
Eight years later, the view hasn’t really changed.
“(Niagara Falls) could have looked at Atlantic City, they could have looked at Detroit,” Simon said. “(Casinos) basically destroyed local business in Atlantic City.”
Bryant Simon wrote a book titled “Boardwalk of Dreams” that destroys any myth about the prosperity or economic spin off of casinos.
Consideration of existing slot parlors, by whatever name you choose, whether racinos, casinos or the phony name of “Destination Resorts” bring increased crime, bankruptcies, suicides, family dysfunction, increased child abandonment, neglect and abuse, increased spousal abuse, increased costs for oversight, investigation, prosecution, incarceration and court costs.
The NGISC indicated that for every $1 in gambling tax revenue, the cost to taxpayers was $3. That figure is surely larger today.
The report from Australia posted on the USS Mass site also proves similar statistics.
California has also found the costs of slots far exceeds the revenue.
Canada has found comparable results.
Federal Reserves studies have indicated that bankruptcies increase around casinos. That’s not a religious or moral argument, but simply fact.
Harrah’s found that 90% of their profits originated from 10% of their patrons. Those are gambling addicts that cost taxpayers money.
A statistic the industry has never denied.
The jobs that will be created are low wage, dead end jobs.
We need sustainable jobs with a future, a possibility for advancement, something we can be proud to work.
If casinos pave the streets with gold, what happened to Atlantic City where the poor school performance remains and poverty is higher than before the casinos?
If casinos pave the streets with gold, what happened to Nevada where the school dropout rate is among the highest in the nation, crime and poverty are high, suicides are high, school performance and reading skills poor, and college graduation rates are low?
Casinos, racinos, slot parlors around the country are filing for bankruptcy, being foreclosed, reorganizing their debt or simply not paying. Don’t the taxpayers pick up those debt write offs?
Foxwoods imploded with their debt and the true loss will never be known because they’re “Sovereign.” Their parking lots are empty.
Mohegan Sun, suitor of Palmer, canceled a major expansion.
Twin River’s in bankruptcy court and has been rewarded with 24/7 365 gambling that the host community overwhelmingly opposed in a referendum.
Steve Norton, of Centaur and Northeast Realty, also filed bankruptcy in 2 states.
There are others as well.
Ms. Norbut only represents a growing coalition of voters, Massachusetts residents, who refuse to subsidize an industry that depends on addiction for its survival.
I have found that the more I learned about predatory gambling, the more I opposed it because of its impacts on the host communities and surrounding communities.
“Something for Nothing” schemes didn’t work before. They won’t work now.
It’s time to put this puppy to bed.