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Allowing gambling in TX sparks dissent in Texas Senate

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posted on May, 17 2011 @ 08:18 AM

The quiet formation of a special Texas Senate subcommittee to consider a controversial casino gambling resolution has sparked a behind-the-scenes fight that could affect passage of the state budget and school finance legislation .

Deuell said he was planning to set a hearing for Wednesday on Ellis' Senate Joint Resolution 34, which proposes a constitutional amendment to allow casinos and slot machines by licensed operators and some Indian tribes to provide funding for property tax relief and additional financial aid for college students. Lucio is a co-sponsor.

Allowing casinos and slot machines, and use their revenue to help pay for education? That idea sounds like a good deal to me.

But, if im reading the article correctly, a panel was created "quietly" to discuss this issue, and gambling is somehow tied into the state budget bill, and some senators dont like the idea of gambling.

"I'm afraid that this gambling issue is being raised and it could hold the schoolchildren of Texas hostage so the gambling interests can get their issue passed," said Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound. "I am fully prepared to talk about this issue for a long time. It would really be wrong to use gambling money to finance public education in this state."

Wrong to use gambling money to help fund education? Im scratching my head on this one.

House leaders have suggested in recent days that voters' approval of gambling could raise as much as $3 billion in additional revenue for the state.

3 billion.....Who needs 3 billion when your in a budget crisis? (sarcasm)
edit on 17-5-2011 by buni11687 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 17 2011 @ 08:50 AM
Things are never just that simple. Gambling revenues go into the pockets of the rich, not into the coffers of the schools. No matter what they're telling you, the public, if you look closer into the mechanisms you'll find that, when it's said and done, the schools will only see comparatively paltry amounts. And there'll be strict rules to qualify for the funds even when they're available.

They basically pulled the same s*** on us in California with the state lottery AND the Indian casinos. I can't speak to why some legislators won't play ball; maybe the backers just haven't sweetened the pot enough for them... yet. It'll probably be passed, eventually. But I don't think the results will be as pleasant as they'd have you believe....

posted on May, 17 2011 @ 08:53 AM
reply to post by buni11687

The reason Rep. Flowers brougth up holding the children to it is because it is a very common tactic to go out and have slogans and avdertising saying "GAMBLING AND WE"LL INVEST IN SCHOOLS" when the actual stats of how much money comes out of say, the lotto, for schools and education is a whole lot less than you might think. In fact in FL they passed a massive tax on tobacco, above and beyond the federal tax, to cover schools and money that we all thought was coming from the lotto.

On the other hand I say go for it, I'm from texas and I know how much empty land there is. Buy it up, build it and the gamblers will come!! It will employ people, and give the employed something to waste our money on. Thats what we do.

posted on May, 17 2011 @ 09:06 AM
I'm torn on this issue. I certainly don't want any casinos in the Dallas area, it's just too close and tempting. However, I have no problem if Texas were to approve gambling casinos just inside the Texas border, across from the Louisiana and Oklahoma casinos that have been drawing Texas money for decades.

I imagine that Texas will eventually get casinos. Just look at our past...we eventually brought horse racing and the lottery here because Texans were crossing state lines to partake in those activities.

Also, like the OP, I have no problem with gambling revenue going to pay for education; however, is that not what the lottery was suppose to do? That turned out well for our schools, huh?

posted on May, 17 2011 @ 09:29 AM
Yup, let's prey on the children of these sick desperate gambling losers that stare blankly into the slots praying for an easy score. Stepping inside these casinos fills me with a disdain for humanity like no other. I see the waiste of their money and I think of the kid that will do without because mommy or daddy needed a fix. I don't base my disapproval of gambling on religious pretense, just common sense. I hate gamblers. But more, I hate the worthless dregs that feed on them. All around a bad idea. More harm than good.

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