Casino gambling deepens inequality, study finds

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  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Sept. 24, 2013 9:52 a.m.

    Any addiction negatively affects the families of the addicted. But most addictions are not state supported or advertised. Watched my brother-in-law gamble away his paycheck and leave his wife and children without grocery or rent money. He never has quit gambling and the family suffers still. Gambling should be recognized as a major financial and social drain on our society and all state support stopped.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    Sept. 24, 2013 6:31 a.m.

    Gaming is a sad business.

    Supported by Big Money and Big Gov't alike. It gains support from some Republicans and some Democrats. As this article claims, people with less money spend a lot at the casinos and even more likely at the gas stations lottery tickets. If true, it is is systematically keeping these people in poverty. THus a need for more welfare and more gov't support. Needing more revenue our gov'ts rely more and more on the taxes and other revenue sources (including the lottery $ which makes it even harder and harder to get rid of it, like an addictive drug, they more you use it, the more negative side effects and the more you need it). The casino even employs workers at marginal wages and even many of their employees are kept in the system as they live from paycheck to paycheck.

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 24, 2013 2:31 a.m.

    People should be free to gamble. someone call Beck this sounds like a nanny State idea.

  • casual observer Salt Lake City, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 9:59 p.m.

    Gaming is the most regressive tax in America. That it is "honored" is a strange inversion of political philosophy.

  • Say No to BO Mapleton, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 7:28 p.m.

    Gaming in Illinois has been an interesting progression. At first it was controlled by riverboats. The boat would take on passengers, then take up the ramp and float ten feet from shore for two hours. The passengers would disembark and a new batch of gamblers would come aboard.
    Well, that was silly. So the boats just stayed at the riverbank.
    Then they allowed land-based casinos.
    Now, they've allowed a few more.
    The sites used to be reserved for blighted communities as a source of local tax revenue. A sort of welfare or boost to older towns.
    But a few licenses became a few more, which caused the early towns to lose revenue share. Towns are now competing for finite gambling dollars.
    And a Chicago casino looms in the future.
    To be fair, these casinos in blighted areas have NOT contributed to the decay. They've brought in money and supported local groups with grants. The pawn shops and cat houses never came.
    But in the end they didn't save the towns either.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Sept. 23, 2013 6:54 p.m.

    Gambling is to be the 'scourge de jour' for the next week or two? Just arranged my next trip to Vegas. Now you've got me wanting to go sooner.