New Yorkers will vote on a constitutional amendment on Tuesday that would allow non-Indian casinos Upstate. I’m very skeptical of the promises made by the state that these casinos are excellent economic development tools.
Here are some links for you to consider:
– I interviewed casino opponent David Blankenhorn of the Institute of the American Family. He said, “”The people that go to the casinos most often, put their money in slot machines, who are they? They’re retirees. They’re lower-wage workers. They’re minorities. They’re people who go and get fleeced by these slot machines. What we’re saying is, that’s the way we want to raise money for New York State? That’s an ethical way to bring money into the state?”
(His group, @amervalues, is having a Twitter chat at 8:30 p.m. Sunday night. #casinoland.)
– The Syracuse Post-Standard editorial board said, “If the casino amendment passes, New York City residents will continue to travel out-of-state to gamble…The bulk of the profit at upstate casinos will come from upstate bettors, sucking millions out of local economies. And it won’t be long before the money the state skims from the casinos in taxes or fees will flow into the general fund, where it will vanish.”
– The New York Times editorial board said, “Other communities have reported a loss in local business as gamblers are swept into the casino and stay there to spend their money.”
– The Albany Times Union editorial board said, “There is nothing to say casino developers will be interested in building anything more than some small regional casinos upstate — slot palaces that do little more than lure in all the local residents they can, and drain them of disposal income that they might otherwise spend on the restaurants, entertainment, arts, shops and charities that make up a thriving community.”
– A Daily News columnist wrote, “But casinos are not the licenses to print money that they used to be — and there are signs that the gambling industry is nearing a saturation point in the Northeast.”
– The Democrat and Chronicle editorial board urged a yes vote on the referendum, but cited no evidence that the casinos will deliver on the governor’s promise of new riches for struggling communities.
Links of the Day:
– Finger Lakes Racetrack has had 20 horse deaths this year, prompting a look from the state.
– Some Buffalo area school districts are withholding student data from the state, fearful of a massive database that could be abused.
– Some Syracuse apartments will be built with recycled shipping containers.
– Santa will be at Eastview Mall next week. Already.