The downside of addiction to gambling...

The downside of addiction to gambling profits

There are 46 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Feb 9, 2008, titled The downside of addiction to gambling profits. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Legislators must consider the real costs of expansion The addiction began as a seemingly benign venture 20 years ago.

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#42 Feb 10, 2008
JUDY B wrote:
We pay more taxes now then before gambling and yes I know that our excise tax was lowered on license plates, but overall we still are paying more taxes nowthen before the riverboats.

Columbia, PA

#43 Feb 10, 2008
Interesting, blame the gambling for the excess spending. I had always assumed it was our legislature that spent decided how much money to spend. I know I am not allowed to spend more than I make. Banks tend to frown on bouncing checks. Our congress has been doing the smae thing for years. I am pretty sure if we all gave them 90 percent of our income, it would still not be enough to satisfy them. Why bother to bring up any other reason for the money problems in this state. Let your representative know that spending more than you make is a bad idea.

Lexington, KY

#44 Feb 10, 2008
The real question is simply this--Why are we having to use gambling revenue to fund anything? We are a nation and state which has huge problems of spending first and funding later. Communities desparate for money try building casino's and they work, but the main payers of this tax are people who can't afford to lose and when they do have financial problems they must rely on the government via bankruptcy court or programs to help them get through.

Now more than ever people who are smart enough not to play the lottery or gamble at casino's benefit by paying less tax. The reality is simple--Many more people will lose than win. The odd's are if you play you will lose. But go right ahead and play play play and hopefully you'll help keep my taxes lower.

If you need proof--go anywhere after midnight where there is a casino and look at who is playing.
get real

Sarasota, FL

#45 Feb 10, 2008
the star talks out of both sides of the mouth. they rail about gambling addiction, yet nothing about alcohol. they keep pushing the "party crashers articles at us. how nuch does the star make from advertizing this activity that can lead to addiction, drunk driving and people being killed. maybe they are addicted to the revenue from these ads. clean up your own house before you lecture us.

Indianapolis, IN

#46 Feb 11, 2008
I think that it is true that Indiana has a gambling problem.

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#47 Feb 11, 2008
Chelsey wrote:
I think that it is true that Indiana has a gambling problem.
At least we have a program to help people that do have a problem

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