A Gamble on Texas Essay

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Casino gambling is an increasingly popular and legal activity in many states throughout America. “The term gambling or ‘gaming’ as the industry calls it, means any legalized form of wagering or betting conducted in a casino, on a riverboat, on an Indian reservation, or at any other location under the jurisdiction of the United States” (National Gambling Impact Study
Commission Act). States that allow casino gambling benefit vastly in the form of tax revenue and tourism. Texas, while allowing horse and dog racing, lottery, and charitable bingo, does not currently prohibit casino gambling. In this essay, I will provide the different reasons Texas can benefit from legalizing casinos. By not having casinos, Texas has lost valuable tax
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Texas has reaped the benefits from the taxation of gambling for almost two decades. Since the inception of the Texas Lottery in 1992 (Texas Lottery website), the Texas Lottery has contributed more than eleven billion dollars to the Foundation School Fund which, helps support education in the state. Since 1987 pari-mutual wagering for horse and dog racing has also been allowed under state law and continues to provide revenue through taxes as well as employing numerous workers in the respective field (The Texas Gaming Commission website). If the State of Texas reaps the benefits from taxes off lottery and pari-mutual wagering at horse and dog tracks then, how come legislation is reluctant to legalize casino gambling? The answer seems to lie within numerous religious groups who view gambling as an evil thing. Opponents such as The Christian Life Commission of Baptist General Convention of Texas view gambling as an invasion on the poor population. The Commission feels legalizing casinos can increase poverty. The interesting fact is charitable bingo games which, is legal in Texas and another form of gambling, have benefitted churches and religious groups for many years although there is a dearth of studies’ showing gambling problems amongst this population. Loss of revenue in the form of tourism has been a growing concern within the State of Texas. While on gambling trips to Louisiana and Oklahoma I have noticed the majority of vehicles

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