Monday, September 17, 2007

Gambling Addiction

State governments, unwilling either to rein in spending or to collect money by legitimate means, are increasingly relying on their citizens behaving foolishly for their fiscal well-being. Statenet provides the shocking numbers:

Seventeen states now derive more than 5 percent of their total annual revenue from gambling, and it makes up over 10 percent of the revenue in four of those states: LOUISIANA (10.9 percent), WEST VIRGINIA (12.1), SOUTH DAKOTA (17.7) and NEVADA (36.6). Faced with the ever-rising costs of health care and education, as well as a looming downturn in the economy, more states could soon be joining those ranks.

Kansas will soon become the first state to actually own and operate a casino. Now, that's a legitimate state function.

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