Want to stem the tide of gambling? Good luck

The state Senate was plodding along last week, heading toward another in a never-ending series of Statehouse debates about gambling. Full Story
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Toby

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#1 Mar 4, 2007
I don't see why the tracks can have machines but not bars or private clubs.Probably because they havent found a good way to tax it.I have thought for years that a simple solution would be a flat fee per machine.This way the state wouldn't have to create a new governing body that would just eat up the profits.It would be very simple for the exise police to check machines for a current stamp while they were doing their regular job of checking out the bars and clubs.This too simple of a solution for the Govt. to go for it,not enough bureaucracy involved.
Ogre

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Mar 4, 2007
Legalize gambling all together. I'd much rather go to say, Union Station, to gamble, rather than drive 2-3 hrs away. By the way, lets do away with all the nonsence that says its ok to gamble on a "riverboat" (ie. a building with a little water underneath) than a regular land based casino.
JAR

AOL

#4 Mar 4, 2007
Sure! More gambling, why not? How about some prostitution and child porn shops to go with it? Legalize everything; pot, hookers, crack houses! What else are the out of towners to do while they're here for their "event"? Let's show 'em a good time, Indianapolis is a classy place! Why, I bet we could give Las Vegas a run for the money. HA 'cause that's all it boils down to... how to get our grubby hands on more money, no matter HOW or at what sacrifice.
mercer1

Cincinnati, OH

#5 Mar 4, 2007
Why don't those virtuous people who wish to see Indiana "vice-free" begin by offering decisive legislation make the "7 deadly sins" of religious lore the law of the land. Why, their political mantra good be, "no vice but my vice".
Who s eye is on the ball

Glasgow, KY

#6 Mar 4, 2007
It's time to make it legal. People are going to do it, much like drinking booze. At least this way the G.P., can benefit from it, and maybe some of these other ridiculous taxes will go down, (Yeah Right). I will admit, I laugh at some whom shut their eyes, and make believe it's not there, somewhat like a child.
American Legion

Avon, IN

#7 Mar 4, 2007
You want to gamble? You should have stopped by some Legion Posts. Lots of gambling machines there!

Illegal and untaxed but what the heck.
Wayne

West Lafayette, IN

#8 Mar 4, 2007
My thoughts:

Mitch Daniels should read this. We build a football stadium and we force the taxpayers to pay for it. But, we could have let the slots at the two racetracks pay for it, and not be forced. Does Mitch Daniels think this is fair to some 75 yr old person on a fixed income? You talk about gambling in the state, why don't you ask the person who had money in the stock market and it taking a tumble this week, isn't a form of gambling? That is the biggest gamble in the whole world. How many homes and families are busted from the stockmarket? Everytime you step outside your house and step into your car for that drive, you are gambling...Life is a gamble. I propose that they put the slots at the two racetracks where if that 75 yr old person wants to sit and play, may do so if so chosen. Then take the money and pay for full-day Kindergarten (as proposed 6 or 7 yrs ago by the horsemen) instead of forcing the taxpayers to pay that as well. This is my thoughts, tell me what is so wrong with that, isn't that why we live in America?
Jim

Marion, OH

#9 Mar 4, 2007
Why in the world would a private contractor want to lease the Lottery and have to face all of the competition of all the illegal gambling which the State of Indiana turns a blind eye to? If a company leases the Lottery you can bet every pea shake house, VFW, American Legion,local tavern and anyplace else that has a poker machine will be raided. Maybe this is a good way to get rid of illegal gambling afterall.
Delldude

Muscle Shoals, AL

#11 Mar 4, 2007
Gambling; an ignorant way to to lose your paycheck to a bunch of lazy good for nothing leaches who laugh at those who really think they are going to get rich. Dreamers
Toby

AOL

#12 Mar 4, 2007
JAR wrote:
Sure! More gambling, why not? How about some prostitution and child porn shops to go with it? Legalize everything; pot, hookers, crack houses! What else are the out of towners to do while they're here for their "event"? Let's show 'em a good time, Indianapolis is a classy place! Why, I bet we could give Las Vegas a run for the money. HA 'cause that's all it boils down to... how to get our grubby hands on more money, no matter HOW or at what sacrifice.
I like most of your ideas.
pappy001

AOL

#13 Mar 4, 2007
I think the gambling and horse racing industries can get what ever they want from our state politicians. The racing industry pleaded for their tracks based on phoney business plans and now they are getting slots to bail them out.
Wayne

Columbus, IN

#14 Mar 4, 2007
pappy001 wrote:
I think the gambling and horse racing industries can get what ever they want from our state politicians. The racing industry pleaded for their tracks based on phoney business plans and now they are getting slots to bail th em out.
So, You will pay more taxes ,,Good you can pay may tax bill, O.K.????
Wayne

Columbus, IN

#15 Mar 4, 2007
JAR wrote:
Sure! More gambling, why not? How about some prostitution and child porn shops to go with it? Legalize everything; pot, hookers, crack houses! What else are the out of towners to do while they're here for their "event"? Let's show 'em a good time, Indianapolis is a classy place! Why, I bet we could give Las Vegas a run for the money. HA 'cause that's all it boils down to... how to get our grubby hands on more money, no matter HOW or at what sacrifice.
HAY YOU....You play the stock marker??? Gambling, Gambling THAT THE STOCK MARKER.....
Wayne

Columbus, IN

#16 Mar 4, 2007
Delldude wrote:
Gambling; an ignorant way to to lose your paycheck to a bunch of lazy good for nothing leaches who laugh at those who really think they are going to get rich. Dreamers
You need to pay more taxes and then you would be Happy??????????
nofunny

United States

#17 Mar 4, 2007
I don't have anything against gambling. If people want to throw their money away, that's fine with me.
I DON'T believe it should be 'privatized', and I certainly don't think it is appropriate to have cartoon characters on scratch-off tickets. My 3 year old already wants one of the new Jetson tickets.
She said they're for kids.
Delldude

Muscle Shoals, AL

#20 Mar 5, 2007
Wayne: Tax dollars help pay for the sevices of the government that each citizen gets ie; Schools, Police, Fire,Protection to name a few.(and there are many)

But the question is WHAT do gambling casinos Pay-OUT??? Do they pay for any of these things NO! I know they pay (little taxes) on their earnings they get off the backs of the poor, and the get rich dreamers who go to these joints, and lose their hard earned wages. And sure you have the occasional winner to "WHET" the appetite of those who dream of winning great wealth, usually only to lose their ass's trying.
Playing the Stock Market is risky enough for the average man, but these joints ply on the DREAMERS,so DREAM ON Players of the Casinos its money down the drain to support the BIG Boss's of the Casino Industries.

Semper Fi, Carry on Citizen!)
individual

Pleasanton, CA

#21 Mar 6, 2007
Tully should have stressed more what government is doing with revenues extorted from gambling. Logic says such revenues should lower tax take from taxpayers. Hasn't and won't happen with past and present politicians. O'Bannon was a socialist-bend incompetent, Kernan a political hack lapdog and Daniels has proven to be a bureaucrat at-heart. What's needed is complete turnout of General Assembly and statehouse. The goal is to elect officials who put interests of taxpayers ahead of growth of government. Government has proven that it's a poor steward of monies and can't manage a one-car funeral procession successfully. Maybe, just maybe, a new crowd in state government would: (1) lower the onerous taxation; (2) eliminate the costly senseless regulatory burden on commerce; and (3) downsize the massive bloated state bureaucracy.
individual

Pleasanton, CA

#22 Mar 6, 2007
JAR wrote:
Sure! More gambling, why not? How about some prostitution and child porn shops to go with it? Legalize everything; pot, hookers, crack houses! What else are the out of towners to do while they're here for their "event"? Let's show 'em a good time, Indianapolis is a classy place! Why, I bet we could give Las Vegas a run for the money. HA 'cause that's all it boils down to... how to get our grubby hands on more money, no matter HOW or at what sacrifice.
The major difference is that Las Vegas will not tolerate thugs and minorities harrassing gamblers whereas in Indy, it's open season hunting for the locales. Indy law enforcement is too occupied with union activities.
individual

Pleasanton, CA

#23 Mar 6, 2007
American Legion wrote:
You want to gamble? You should have stopped by some Legion Posts. Lots of gambling machines there!
Illegal and untaxed but what the heck.
If true, that is, monies are not being extorted by government, then every citizen should rejoice. Monies sent to government seems to always get misspent and in the end, the taxpayers are left having to fund yet another costly government program that's doomed to fail.
individual

Pleasanton, CA

#24 Mar 6, 2007
Who s eye is on the ball wrote:
It's time to make it legal. People are going to do it, much like drinking booze. At least this way the G.P., can benefit from it, and maybe some of these other ridiculous taxes will go down,(Yeah Right). I will admit, I laugh at some whom shut their eyes, and make believe it's not there, somewhat like a child.
If you mean GENERAL PUBLIC by the initials G.P., history shows you're wrong. Taxpayers never benefit from more monies flowing to government. Not only does the taxpayers have less monies but the government has more to wastefully spend. Name a program commenced by government from 'extra revenues' and I'll show you a program that ends up being drain on taxpayers and harms the beneficiaries and citizens at-large.

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