White: No to slots and casinos

Mar 11, 2010 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Austin American Statesman

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Bill White said Monday that he does not support the legalization of slot machines and does not think Texas should legalize casinos across the state.

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Just Wondering

Atlanta, GA

#1 Mar 26, 2010
That's right. Let all our money go to Louisiana and Oklahoma.
Local Greenville Dude

Irving, TX

#2 Mar 26, 2010
Nah, plenty of it is going to the eight-liner and bingo parlors ...
yathinkso

Cumby, TX

#3 Mar 29, 2010
Don't kid yourself LGD, a LOT of Texas cash is pumping into the banks in La. and Ok. I may not like gambling, but it might just keep taxes from getting raised to pay for Obamacare when that little experiment in socialism fails miserably and the states are left holding the bag.
Local Greenville Dude

Irving, TX

#4 Mar 30, 2010
Granted, it seems kind of silly not to have casino gambling in Texas when there are lots of people spending money on both legal and non-legal gambling here already. But, that is not the reason to legalize it here. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be the first person at the blackjack table if one or more casinos open up here in the Lone Star State, but it won't be the "answer" to any economic problems we are having. Just as legalizing the sale of beer and wine here in Greenville didn't lower local taxes, and just like the Texas Lottery didn't bail out education, casino gambling in Texas won't save our state economically, because all gambling is an unstable revenue source. In other words, you can't forecast how much revenue you are going to be receiving from it, because the amount people gamble varies widely from year to year. Also, look at Shreveport and Bossier City, which still have high unemployment. The casinos in Oklahoma? Maybe too soon to call as to whether they will bring more economic development to that area.
I guess what I am saying is that casinos would indeed be great to have here in Texas, but I doubt they will be enough to save us from any economic pitfalls which may be headed our way.
Ex-Trooper

El Paso, TX

#5 Mar 30, 2010
Politicians need to STOP forcing their Christian moral ideals on Texans who pay their salaries via taxes. Texas can use the money through tourism and taxing casinos. A casino will attract visitors as well as keep locals from spending out of state.By the way, it's their money & they can spend their money however they want, whether it's at the mall or throwing it away in the slots or tables. They can do it on-line. We would love the Tiguas to re open their casino in El Paso. The hypocrite Christian politicos broke them down by illegalizing gambling on their own reservation which no other reservation in the nation has been denied making a living and providing jobs to their members. It goes more than just saving the state from going bankrupt, it helps create jobs. Isn't that part of the stimulous? What a joke.
Bull

Humble, TX

#6 Apr 5, 2010
We would probably bennefit from gambling just as we did from the lotto. I think the only ones that received any thing from that is the polititions.
Schools was supposed to really benefit and I don't think they ever received a dime.
Who knows where that money goes, so don,t BET (pun intended) on casinos helping us either.
Keep Our Money in Texas

Kittanning, PA

#7 Apr 5, 2010
Local Greenville Dude wrote:
Granted, it seems kind of silly not to have casino gambling in Texas when there are lots of people spending money on both legal and non-legal gambling here already. But, that is not the reason to legalize it here. Don't get me wrong, I'd love to be the first person at the blackjack table if one or more casinos open up here in the Lone Star State, but it won't be the "answer" to any economic problems we are having. Just as legalizing the sale of beer and wine here in Greenville didn't lower local taxes, and just like the Texas Lottery didn't bail out education, casino gambling in Texas won't save our state economically, because all gambling is an unstable revenue source. In other words, you can't forecast how much revenue you are going to be receiving from it, because the amount people gamble varies widely from year to year. Also, look at Shreveport and Bossier City, which still have high unemployment. The casinos in Oklahoma? Maybe too soon to call as to whether they will bring more economic development to that area.
I guess what I am saying is that casinos would indeed be great to have here in Texas, but I doubt they will be enough to save us from any economic pitfalls which may be headed our way.
Nobody claimed that legal gambling will solve all of Texas' economic problems. What it will do is keep me and others from frequenting the casinos in NM, OK, and LA. I'd rather spend my money in Texas and see tourists come here the way they do in CA, AZ and NM just to gamble. There are a lot of snowbirds who have a lot of money to spend and they are not spending it in Texas where our prudish state government has turned Texas into a tourist wasteland. We could even get a share of Las Vegas' money because tourists like to go to different places. Poker and the slots will always be one of tourists' favorite pastimes.
Local Greenville Dude

United States

#8 Apr 5, 2010
No one is arguing that Texas should have legalized casino gambling. My remarks are in response to yathinkso's comment that the additional tax revenue would keep taxes from being raised. I just don't see that. Yes, it makes sense for Texas to just get off its tail and legalize it. We already have the lottery, horse racing and bingo, and illegal eight-liner parlors. It will bring the state money, but it won't be enough to right the economy all by itself. Remember, the lottery alone was supposed to help make up shortfalls in education funding, and we are still as behind as ever. And all of the areas which already have legal gambling still have high unemployment and high taxes.
The article cited at the start of this thread was asking Bill White if he supported legal gambling as a way to raise revenue for the state. That will be reason it eventually gets passed in Texas, because lawmakers feel it will raise more revenue for them to spend. But it won't fix the economy all by itself.
nbos98

AOL

#9 Jan 7, 2011
It was released that 7 Bilion Dollars in revenue was going to Oklahoma, & Louisiana from Texas, Now i dont know about any of you but we could use that 7 Billion right here in Tx. Some say the crime rate will rise, i dont believe that. What it will do is supply thousands of jobs. Cmon people crime is partially to blame on the loss of jobs and the people who is homeless now. More people are drawing welfare and food stamps, medicaid all because of no jobs. Of course you still have some that wont hit a lick at a snake if it was going to bite them but there are people wanting to work and not rely on the system. It makes no sense, that money is needed here! I have a mouth i dont need legislature telling me where and how i spend my money. Let the people vote, buck up and keep Texas taxpayers money in Tx.
Yep

El Paso, TX

#10 Jan 7, 2011
Bull wrote:
We would probably bennefit from gambling just as we did from the lotto. I think the only ones that received any thing from that is the polititions.
Schools was supposed to really benefit and I don't think they ever received a dime.
Who knows where that money goes, so don,t BET (pun intended) on casinos helping us either.
Judging from your post, I'll wager your school certainly didn't get a dime....just a guess....

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