The State of Georgia is facing a budget shortfall for fiscal 2009 of over $2 Billion. And states do not have the luxury of running deficit spending, and printing up paper money to cover the shortfall. State budgets must be balanced each year. So, Georgia needs to give serious consideration to a new revenue stream.
State Rep. Roger Bruce (D-Atlanta) has announced his intention to introduce a bill in the 2009 legislative session to allow voters to decide if they want gaming in Georgia. His bill would allow voters of each Georgia county to decide whether or not they wanted gaming in their county. The Georgia Assembly and recent governors have been cool to the idea of casinos in Georgia. But the legislature has never allowed any gaming proposal to be voted on in a general referendum or any other popular vote.
Answer Number One: In a free society, individuals are free to use their income and assets whichever way they choose. There should be no moral, ethical, or even Biblical sanction against gambling. Some people believe that gambling is a sin, but a sin should not be made illegal when it does not initiate force or fraud against another individual. Said another way, if I use my money to gamble with, it’s my business.
Answer Number Two: The State legislators have already settled any moral trepidations they may have ever had over gambling. It is already legal here in Georgia in one form. Fifteen years ago, lottery gambling became legal in Georgia, and to date, has generated over $15 Billion in tax revenue. Sales for fiscal year 2008 climbed to a record-breaking $3.5 billion, exceeding the revenue generated during fiscal year 2007. So, the State of Georgia has already been in the gaming business for over 15 years. Casino gambling is simply another form of gambling. However, with casino gambling, the state will not have the monopoly, but private enterprise will own and operate the casinos.
With a 15-year history of successful gaming under its belt, it is going to be pretty hard for the Georgia General Assembly to refuse casino gambling without exhibiting massive hypocrisy. But massive hypocrisy has not stopped them in the past.
But, what about other states where gaming is legal? What has their experience been?
To find out, I went to the website of the American Gaming Association in Washington, DC.
In Nevada, the granddaddy of them all, where gaming began in 1931, tax revenues from gaming have been a large part of the state budget. In 2006, Nevada gaming had 201,000 employees and tax revenues were $1.034 Billion. Nevada’s budget for 2009 is set at $6 Billion, so gaming revenue comprises about 17% of that state’s total income each year.
Mississippi legalized gaming in 1990, passed by legislation and local option vote. There are 30,500 gaming employees, and tax revenue for 2006 was $350.44 Million.
Louisiana legalized gambling in 1993, passed by legislation and local option vote. Tax revenue last year was $559 million, another $68 million from racetrack casinos, with 20,300 gaming employees.
Michigan legalized gambling in 1996 by statewide referendum, local option vote and legislation. Michigan has 3 casinos that generated 2006 tax revenue of $365 million.
So we see here that other states have long histories of success with casino gambling.
Casino gambling would be a welcome addition to the convention business in Atlanta and other Georgia cities. Las Vegas has been stealing away convention business for years now with their gaming and entertainment attractions. The Georgia hospitality and restaurant industries would also get an infusion of business as they support gaming tourism.
Atlanta has another competitive advantage as a gaming destination…Hartsfield-Jackson Airport, the busiest airport in the world. It’s been said that you can’t even get to heaven without connecting through Atlanta. Our presence as a Southern regional transportation hub makes Atlanta an easy gaming destination for the two thirds of the population of the US that lives east of the Mississippi River.
Casino gambling can be a valuable addition to the economy of Georgia. I hope that the Georgia General Assembly can find its courage and conscience and votes in favor of casino gambling in the 2009 Legislative Session.
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Bingo is quickly becoming the most popular online casino game. พนันออนไลน์ Normally, whenever people think of online casinos the word “gambling” comes to mind. However, not everyone considers Bingo as such.
Bingo gambling is, after all, a game of chance. Players are usually (but not always) required to pay to play. Some people become addicted while others just play casually. Some people play for fun while others play to win.
Still, bingo differs from other online casino games in some ways. For instance, many online gaming halls offer free bonuses to their players, including free cards to play with. This means that online bingo players can sometimes play for free! Even when cards aren’t for free, they’re still pretty cheap. This doesn’t require very much money at all.
Another great thing about online bingo gambling is that players befriend one another. To call it “friendly competition” is an understatement. Members from all over the world befriend each other all the time. These friendships can last a lifetime.
Bingo gambling is more than just a game. Players will chat with another while playing. They will even congratulate one another for winning! In other words, online bingo gambling is all about having a great time.
We often hear horror stories about gambling addicts losing their savings, homes, cars, etc. Usually this is a result of playing too much poker or blackjack. When was the last time anyone ever lost a fortune over a game of bingo!?
While people can become addicted to it, it’s extremely rare. Because of all the free chances to play and extra bonuses that online gambling halls provide their players with, the chances of a player losing all his or her money is cut down significantly.
We also can’t forget that bingo is played at many churches. Since when do churches endorse gambling!? Could it be, perhaps, because it doesn’t always involve gambling? Some consider bingo to be gambling and some people don’t. Sometimes money is required to play and sometimes it isn’t. While there are plenty of online bingo gambling sites, they differ a whole lot from other gambling sites.
Bingo gambling, for the most part, is intended to be fun and exciting. It is also mostly safe, and the odds of a player becoming addicted and losing a fortune are very slim.