posted on Jun, 20 2019 @ 03:17 PM
it's pretty much a last ditch attempt for the state to try to make money. what they see is not just money made from people gambling. but also things
like the extra business for things like hotels and restaurants as well as other touristy things. which not only would mean in creased taxes from
those. but also means more jobs. jobs which again would mean more taxes from wages. in short they see a tax bonanza, along with job creation. sadly it
won't work. places like Atlantic City and Las Vegas made tons of money for years. the reason being that they were just about the only places where you
could legally gamble. in other words if you wanted to gamble legally, you had to go to one of those places, or to another country. the problem is that
there are legal casinos just about everywhere now between native Casinos, and so many areas making it legal. what they will end up with is just
hurting the poorer people that live there.
remember the days when a trip to Las Vegas was cheap, even free in some cases? free booze. free shows. and we are talking about major stars performing
in those "free" shows, not just unknowns. heck back then performing in Vegas was almost saying that you had made it to the top of the performing arts.
cheap hotel rooms. even cheap flights. all done to bring people in so they could loose their money "at the tables"[i]. and it worked. at least it
worked until so many places legalized it. now Vegas has become rather expensive because they are no longer able to make the money they once could.
flights are no longer cheap as they once were. hotel rooms are expensive. tickets to shows are expensive. in fact just as Vegas was once a "cheap
vacation" (providing of course you didn't loose too much at the tables). it is now a rather expensive vacation, before taking gambling losses into
consideration. the problem is that there are only so many people that will let themselves loose big, who can afford to do so. and so why
travel somewhere like Vegas (or Illinois), when you can easily stay at home and go to a casino that is close by as they already seem to be everywhere?
gamblers that can afford to throw money away are a finite resource. one which is now spread thin. and at the same time Vegas has a history and
tradition of opulence and glitz to keep it going. people still go because it is Vegas. something Illinois does not have to bring people in.
so what they will get is pretty much people from Illinois, and just a few people on vacation gambling there. people who would have gone there anyway
without the casinos. most people will not loose a lot of money, since they can't afford it (ironically it will be those who can afford to loose the
least, that will end up loosing the most). that means little to no real revenue increase for things like hotels and restaurants over what they have
been getting. no new tourist spots will open to take advantage of an increase in tourism, because it won't cause an increase in tourism. the only real
jobs that will be created will be those in the casinos themselves. which is not going to ne much in reality. on the other hand what is likely to
happen is those who can afford to loose any money, will be the ones mainly playing the games, and thus loosing their money (just like with lotteries),
trying to get ahead. which in turn will increase crime, and/or needed social programs to deal with the issues those casinos will create. especially
social programs for drug/alcohol abuse and gambling addiction. it will hurt the poorest people, especially children, for no real gain. not to mention
that a lot of that "casino revenue", will actually be from things like the welfare they pay out.