State Treasurer John Kennedy urges St...

State Treasurer John Kennedy urges St. Tammany Parish officials to...

There are 13 comments on the NOLA.com story from Feb 12, 2009, titled State Treasurer John Kennedy urges St. Tammany Parish officials to.... In it, NOLA.com reports that:

State Treasurer John Kennedy publicly cautioned St. Tammany Parish officials today to "slow down and get all the facts" before backing Parish President Kevin Davis' plan to establish an entertainment district ...

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Derrick

United States

#1 Feb 12, 2009
It will NEVER get the needed votes!...I'm with Kennedy on this one! It was voted out before and will never get the chance again. Casino's are VERY BAD for our parish! Very bad for our people, and leave a lasting poor impression on our children!

Reality check: The people who want this most are the same people who stand to make tons of money from the back room deals.

Lets not let them pull the wool over our eyes again. St. Tammany Parish is a smart parish.
Harry

Mandeville, LA

#2 Feb 13, 2009
Derrick didn't say why it was bad for our Parrish, people, or kids. I haven't heard of anyone forced to go to a Casino.

Do you think the gamblers in our Parrish can't drive to MS or N.O.?

I agree the tax revenues need to be specific. MS schools have gained well from theirs. Keep the agreements in the sunlight.

1 idea for our Parrish would be to use the tax revenues to raise the homestead exemption on user/owner homes on the Parrish. This would be a direct gain for all homeowners.
Tina

Slidell, LA

#3 Feb 13, 2009
Harry, you are in need of major help. This is just another way for the rich to get richer. This project is slated to reduce property taxes but it WILL end up costing us MORE in taxes in the long run. You need to do your research.

I think a better place for this would be at the Mandeville lake front...NOW are you in favor?
Derrick

United States

#4 Feb 13, 2009
The mental health/gambling addictions associated with casino's would cost the state more in the long run. Crime/corruption and increased police protection, etc. to run the casino would cost us more. The increased pollution and smog from auto's would cost us more. The ruining of that part of lake front would cost generations to come.

The political will of these politicians being put on the people will cost us dearly.( in other words...having them cram something down our throats we don't need and most don't want). All of the above have been studied and studied, and it CERTAINLY has been deemed bad for the people more than once.

I haven't seen any monies going to La. schools/roads,community service oriented programs, etc. resulting from present day casino's...and their is hardly a news story or government proclamation declaring how casino money is R E A L L Y helping the state by showing facts and figures. And even if the state did show us with proof, casino's are still bad for us for all of the above reasons). We don't need them!

Lets develop an entertainment distict where families could go, example, Branon Missouri. Where shows and events take center stage and not gambling. We don't have a dedicated childrens museum on the Northshore...lets have the parish build one...lets demand one. How about an amusement park. How about use that money to build a working tech sector. Think about the jobs those ideas could provide.

If I want to go to a casino...I'll go elsewhere. Not in my own backyard.

They can have em', we'll take the things that can really better the parish and its people.
messedover

Slidell, LA

#5 Feb 13, 2009
There are many variables, I am all for research. I will state that corruption in Gov. is a whole different problem..........
messedover

Slidell, LA

#6 Feb 15, 2009
Let me see, Derrick is from Houston, Plano, Orange, Lake Charles, and of course, Stennis. A bit fickle, claims he is from Slidell....You need to move to Texas, you seem to like it more. Better yet, Stennis....then you will have your space museum. LOL
Derrick

United States

#7 Feb 15, 2009
messedover: I already stated I am from Slidell. The website changes city of origin most times I post here.

I also said St. Tammany doesn't want casino gamling in this parish. How do I know this...the peope spoke when we voted out video poker. Its that simple. I also said if the issue goes up for vote again, and gets voted in, I am for the peoples choice. No problems here!

Thanks for your feedback messydover!
Harry

Mandeville, LA

#8 Feb 16, 2009
I'm from Slidell too. I don't know where the Mandeville came from.

I think Derricks opinion is an overstatement of potential problems, "auto exhaust" for example.

Slidell and St. Tammany Parish are not New Orleans. I for one trust Ben Morris and Kevin Davis, our City and Parish Councils have shown good control.

I still think if the agreements are done openly, we can help the City. We have a whole resort type community going up on the Eastern Lake front.

I think controlled Casino gambling is entirely different then video poker, although the loss of video poker machines was a real hardship on some small business, and didn't cure one sick gambler.
messedover

Slidell, LA

#9 Feb 16, 2009
If you change your mac address it will change your IP, dynamically picked one from Mandeville, worked great for me at first, but then had problems with web pages loading properly and such, so try to change your IP again until you get a Slidell one (unless you aren't having problems). Derrick must be using proxy servers, his is all over the place.
john jones

Metairie, LA

#10 Mar 3, 2009
im for it if we can get our video poker back a lot of small buisness are hurting with out it and they kept raising my property tax
Harry

Mandeville, LA

#11 Mar 4, 2009
We have to do something to get our homestead exemptions raised and our property tax more reasonable. Property taxes raise house prices to an unreasonable level, then Mortgage Companies try to stretch the rules so people can buy the houses, we all see the result.
If Casino gambling and video poker is dedicated tax to help home owners and schools, it can be a boon.
It takes all contracts in the sunshine. The positive help to small business by video poker is already proven.
Joe

Slidell, LA

#12 Mar 4, 2009
Harry wrote:
We have to do something to get our homestead exemptions raised and our property tax more reasonable. Property taxes raise house prices to an unreasonable level, then Mortgage Companies try to stretch the rules so people can buy the houses, we all see the result.
If Casino gambling and video poker is dedicated tax to help home owners and schools, it can be a boon.
It takes all contracts in the sunshine. The positive help to small business by video poker is already proven.
Great post! The homes have gone up in value many times and homestead excemption stays the same......something wrong with that picture!!!!
gulf coast gambler

Mandeville, LA

#13 Oct 8, 2013
Wish we still had video poker. What's the difference in betting on horse racing? That is in Covington. Does not make sense to me. Have no desire to bet on horses. Never have and never will, but did enjoy video poker every now and then. Would play $20.00 2 times a year. Oh well. I feel like I have to spend a lot in gas money now to drive to coast a couple of times a year.

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