Sunday, December 05, 2004

A losing bet, part 75

It's been a long time since I bored you with my opposition to the state's new law legalizing slots machines, so here goes: The PG has a great op-ed today outlining the hypocrisy of the governor and General Assembly in approving the law, as well as all the reasons why slots won't reduce taxes or grow the state's economy. The tone of the piece is a bit too moralistic for my taste, but it makes all the right points. It also notes that voters in Michigan recently denied racetrack owners the ability to put in slots at their tracks. That reminds me that Pennsylvania had a reasonable compromise available to it between opponents and proponents of expanded gambling: limit slots to racetracks, where gambling already exists. But that just didn't provide the same opportunities for influence-peddling, I guess.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thompson once said the best way for western Pennsylvania to make money on casino gambling was to build a factory that made slot machines for export to other states. --geoff

12:25 AM

Blogger Jonathan Potts said...

That's true, funny and sad all at the same time.

8:18 AM

Blogger Mark Rauterkus said...

Jim Roddey said he'd hold his nose and allow slots at the tracks, but was against it at other venues or any further expansion.

When will the slots not be good enough? Two years? The request for table games is sure to be on its heels.

And, did you see how there was a State POLICE crack down on charity organizations in Butler County Station against Texas Hold-em Tournaments. ??

9:38 PM


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