The dark side of casino gambling

David Lombardo, The Daily Gazette, 10/15/2013

Blankenhorn and other advocates skeptical of the ballot referendum expanding casino gambling smashed a slot machine in front of the Capitol on Tuesday afternoon to get people talking. "There hasn't been much serious public discussion yet," said Blankenhorn... Based on his recent study, "New York's Promise: Why Sponsoring Casinos is a Regressive Policy Unworthy of a Great State," Blankehorn predicts four upstate casinos, which is the plan for the first phase of casinos, will end up being a transfer of wealth from poor people to rich people. "The evidence overwhelmingly shows this is bad public policy," he said. "It is regressive. It takes from the have-nots and gives to the haves. It does not promote economic growth"

Subjects: New York, Casinos, Gambling, Slot Machines

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