Once again, in an UNconstitutional move, our elected officials passed a MASSIVE GAMBLING bill, HB 271/ Act 42, without the required three days of separate readings in each chamber, with NO public hearings and with NO public input. A six page bill for a gambling hotline morphed into 936 pages in the Senate in 18 hours. The House had it for two hours before voting on it.
There doesn’t appear to be anywhere in PA where gambling is
not enabled via this law. On the following page, you may read the Senate Summary of this obscene gesture to PA citizens. The Summary is 8 pages!!
Municipalities had two months to opt out of the NOT-SO-“mini(?)” fleecinos (with 300 to 750 slots and up to 50 table games) in their community by following these instructions, from the PA Gam(BL)ing Control Board.
Counties could have opted out of having video gambling terminals at truck stops in their county by following these instructions from the PA Gam(BL)ing Control Board. SB 87 has been introduced to give communities an opportunity to opt out. There was and has been confusion that these “truck stops” might be interpreted as including convenient stores. This is an issue to be clarified immediately.
Total population of PA = 12,784,237
79% are adults
Number of adults in PA 10,099,539
IMPACT STUDIES are NOT COST/ BENEFIT STUDIES. Gambling interests promote impact studies. BEWARE!
*BENEFITS per adult (from Distance consumer surplus for
Non-Problem, Non- Pathological
*COSTS per adult for casinos
(Crime, Business. & Employment, Bankruptcy, Suicide no figures added due to age variables, Illness, Social Services , Direct Regulatory, Family Costs, Abused Dollars)
$190 –$34 = $156
*Cutting the Cards and Craps: Right Thinking about Gambling Economics by Earl L. Grinols Table 1 Page 14
Annual cost in PA $1,575,528,o84
A Canadian community reports on how their Chamber of Commerce embraced a casino AT FIRST and what happened for them to come to a complete reversal.
The ONLY democratic solution to this is a REPEAL!! If this is what our elected officials believe is in the best interest of PA citizens, then start over. Be transparent!!! Have public hearings! END THE STENCH!
PEOPLE USUALLY DECIDE THEIR OWN ACTIONS … LEGAL OR ILLEGAL GOVERNMENT’S RESPONSIBILITY IS TO ACT IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THEIR CITIZENS’ HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELL-BEING.
Legalizing something harmful never eliminates the harm. It just changes the legal consequences and usually for those who produce, promote and in other ways profit financially from the “legalized” substance or activity with very little to no regard for the negative impact on individuals or society-at-large. __ Dianne M. Berlin
Unlike the purchase of a product or service, gamblers usually pay SOMETHING FOR NOTHING. Sounds like consumer fraud or a scam doesn’t it???
I cannot find much civic good in state-sponsored gambling. What is bad about it? It produces no product, no new wealth, and so it makes no genuine contribution to economic development.” __ Jack R. Van Der Slik, director of the Illinois Legislative Studies Center, Sangamon State University and co-author of Lawmaking in Illinois in “The Rostrum” March 1990/Illinois Issues/3
“According to Nobel Prize winning economist Paul Samuelson, it is basic economics that: ‘[Gambling] involves simply sterile transfers of money or goods between individuals, creating no new money or goods. Although it creates output, gambling does nevertheless absorb time and resources. When pursued beyond the limits of recreation, where the main purpose after all is to “kill” time, gambling subtracts from the national income.” ___U.S. National Security and the Strategic Economic Base: The Business/Economic Impacts of the Legalization of Gambling Activities.” John Warren Kindt, St. Louis University Law journal, Vol 39, No 2 (Winter 1995) Quoting Paul A. Samuelson, Economics 425 (10th Ed. 1976). See Also, “Legalized Gambling Activities As Subsidies By Taxpayers”, John Warren Kindt, Arkansas Law Review, Vol 48, No. 4, 1995 and “The Economic Impacts of Legalized Gambling Activities”, John Warren Kindt, Drake Law Review.