State’s Budget Crisis Ups The Ante On Gambling

HOUSTON (AP) – Lobbyists, opponents and casino owners believe Texas’ massive budget crisis could give proposals to legalize gambling their best chance in years for approval.

They say the $15 billion budget gap that has nearly every institution in the state bracing for massive cuts could make the revenues from gambling too tempting for this Legislature to ignore.

Legislative consultant Chuck McDonald has represented gambling supporters and opponents. Now, he would wager some long-time opponents may support gaming to lessen cuts.

As a result, some groups opposed to gambling are preparing numbers to argue for better and different ways the state could make money.

Casino owner Tilman Fertitta says gambling revenue would not fill the budget gap, but would lessen the blow of the upcoming cuts, including those expected for public education.

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One Comment

  1. Jason says:

    What ever it takes to keep our money at HOME and not send it to Louisiana and Oklahoma!!!

  2. John Avina says:

    Oklahoma and Louisiana are now raking in Texas dollars from gambling because a few conservative representative cannot see the writing on the wall. Gambling will give our State reps many needed dollars to provide those many needed services we have come to expect. Pass gambling on a limiteed basis and see where ot goes.

  3. Gambling Plus says:

    Time to legalize more than just gambling.

  4. ivan says:

    I seem to remember how they said the Lotto will fix the school budget shortfall. how has that worked out?

    NO. The legistature has to figure out how to make the budget work with what they have. Giving them more money does not fix the root problem of money management. The more money they get, the more money they will waste.

    Casinos bring lots of garbage with them in the form of both the owners and the patrons. And in the end they will make off with thier profits and claim that they dont make any money (and thus no taxes). soon the casinos will be stale with only the scammers and hustlers for our community to deal with.

    No thanks.

  5. ivan says:

    and by the way, it doesn’t seem like the great lousiana casinos help them from having a budget shortfall. casinos dont make money for the state and only create more problems then they solve. you dont even have to get into the moral argument. i could care less if people blow thier whole paycheck on gambling. that is not going to build a better texas. real investment will.

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