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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sweet Home Alabama

Well I heard Macgregor talk about it.
I heard 'ol Milt put her down.

I hope Milt Macgregor will remember.

A Southern man don't need gamblin' around here anyhow.

-Lynyrd Skynryd, (with a little help from Stephen Boyd)

There is currently a bill going through the Alabama legislature to allow a statewide referendum (or vote) on an amendment to the Alabama constitution that will allow the legalization and taxation of electronic gambling. In a nutshell, this will determine whether or not we will allow casinos, etc. in our state.

It's called the "Sweet Home Alabama Bill".

The sponsor of this bill, a Democrat from Tuscumbia, argues that the taxation could generate up to $200 million in revenue for the state.

But he's not telling the whole story.
Let's dig a little deeper.
According to the API (Alabama Policy Institute) the introduction of gambling to Alabama would create 15,606 pathological (addicted) gamblers to the state. If the public and private costs of this are summed up, the average cost per addicted gambler is approximately $13,080. This multiplies to a total annual cost of $204 million. This doesn't even take into account side effects like the marriages that are broken, the lives that are lost, and the absolute trash attracted by the gambling business.
Unfortunately, Milton Macgregor, the gambling magnate who backs the Mississippi casinos, is now trying to throw his weight in Alabama. Many political candidates who support gambling are receiving funds from him, including Alabama Attorney General Troy King.
That's one thing to keep in mind as the primary draws nearer.
Alabama gubernatorial candidates Bradley Byrne, Kay Ivey, Tim James, and Roy Moore are all unified in opposition to gambling, while Robert Bentley and Bill Johnson believe the voters should decide.

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Blogger Johann said...

We had a similar thing where I live. It passed, unfortunately.

March 1, 2010 at 3:06 PM  
Blogger Daniel said...

Nice work in bringing out some of the issues that lie a bit below the radar!

March 4, 2010 at 7:11 PM  

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