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The link between between predatory gambling and economic hardship facing Americans

Melissa Chadburn of The Economic Hardship Reporting Project published a first-rate piece of journalism this week on the link between between predatory gambling and the economic hardship facing Americans. We urge you to read it here and then share it… Read more

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Nevada Wagering Accounts

QUIZ: What is the purpose of gambling regulations in Nevada? a) To make money, b) To make money, c) To make money, d) To make money. Did you get it right? The Gaming Control Board is asking the Legislature to… Read more

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Do casinos improve lives? The Atlantic forcefully says no

The Atlantic, one of America’s most influential magazines, has ripped the curtain off predatory gambling in its December edition. It’s one of the most compelling and revealing stories ever written about the issue. Please read it and then share it… Read more

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New York Fantasy Sports Battle

A week from today, New York’s legislative session for 2016 ends. There is fantastic pressure to craft a “regulate and tax” deal to allow the games in the state with over a million players. The opponents and proponents are various,… Read more

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Illinois Creates Addicts

Back in October 2015 Keith Whyte, director of the National Council on Problem Gambling, called the Illinois video gambling law ”perhaps the worst model for legalized gambling in the country right now.” Whyte further pointed out that there is no… Read more

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3 things to know about your taxes and state gambling revenues

As the nation’s annual April 15th tax filing deadline nears, one reason why you and citizens everywhere are paying more taxes for less government services than you should is because of regional casinos and lotteries. State governments have relentlessly pushed… Read more

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Consumer Protection

  Electronic gaming machines do not need to comply with consumer protection laws in any state. Regulators turn a blind eye to any features that would be misleading or deceptive in any other business. This has always been the case… Read more

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Public Gain and Private Pain

Let me say it again with emphasis! Slot machines bring money to owners and government very visibly. The players lose money and suffer in private. The gains are very public, but the losses are borne privately. Until government officials and… Read more

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SPG’s Bernal presents to Congress on how state-run gambling contributes to rising unfairness and inequality

SPG’s Les Bernal recently presented on the public policy of government-sponsored gambling at a hearing before a congressional subcommittee. He explained why any serious effort to address the rising unfairness and inequality in America must include, as part of its… Read more

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Massachusetts Recall Movement Growing

The repeal effort in Massachusetts has captured the attention of those opposed to casinos all across the country. The effort started out over twenty points behind those who thought they wanted casinos.  A recent poll showed the gap to be… Read more

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Why don’t casino advocates and executives patronize casinos?

SPG’s National Director Les Bernal has an op-ed in today’s New Hampshire Union Leader, that state’s largest newspaper. He emphasizes that while many state leaders say they are committed to fighting unfairness and inequality, their policy of sponsoring casinos is… Read more

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Dissenting judge asserts casino “duty of care”

“It seems clear that both the casinos and the State of Indiana share a common interest in gamblers – pathological or otherwise—losing as much money as quickly as possible. One wonders if Indiana’s legislators—and more importantly, their constituents—have any qualms… Read more

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UPDATED: Illinois Gambling Board Data Reveals State’s Casinos Have Created Far More Addicts Than Jobs

UPDATE:  We just received updated data from the Illinois Gaming Board: As of June 4, 2012, there are almost 20% more citizens on the self-exclusion list than jobs at the casinos. The total enrollment of citizens in the state’s voluntary… Read more

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Philadelphia Inquirer reporter exposes the state’s failed predatory gambling policy

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Monica Yant Kinney has consistently been a member of the small company of American journalists who have aggressively examined government’s policy of predatory gambling.  Below is another must-read Inquirer column she published recently: The Valley Forge Casino… Read more

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“Gambling Addiction and Me” – The Documentary

Here is a new must-watch BBC documentary about the human impact of government’s gambling policy. Government’s partnership with gambling interests has created millions of new gambling addicts like those who appear in this film yet gambling addiction continues to receive… Read more

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Lottery Sales Rise to Record as Cash-Hungry States Search for More Revenue

While severe income inequality continues to worsen here in America, below is an excellent report from Bloomberg News on our government’s primary response to this major challenge: Facing growing unemployment, record home foreclosures, declining tax revenue and an annual budget… Read more

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How casino ATM vendors share “intelligence” with casinos

Because most legislators are not frequent gamblers like those citizens losing their money at casinos almost five times a week, they possess little understanding about the highly predatory practices involved with this failed public policy. Casinos like Caesars make 90%… Read more

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How did America’s leaders view predatory gambling operators during the Great Depression?

During the Great Depression, leaders like the legendary New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia aggressively went after those who preyed on the financial struggles of his city’s working class. Below is a brief video of Mayor La Guardia dumping… Read more

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Casino gambling and drinking alcohol ARE fundamentally different

Drinking a glass of wine or a can of beer is fundamentally different than playing a slot machine or buying a $20 lottery scratch ticket: 1) No sip of a Miller Lite has ever offered the false promise of a… Read more

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Government-created gambling addicts are not equal citizens

In the news video below, WPRI recently spotlighted how more than HALF the revenues from government’s casino program comes from citizens who have been turned into gambling addicts- citizens just like Sandy Hall who appears in this story. She lost… Read more

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Cash Win-Fail

This weekend’s excellent reporting from The Boston Globe’s Andrea Estes and Scott Allen revealed a “quirk in the rules” on a lottery game in Massachusetts called Cash WinFall. They found that the game had been exploited by a few bettors,… Read more

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Pressure mounts on Connecticut’s failing casinos

The Hartford Business Journal reports again about the decline in annual slot revenues at Connecticut’s two casinos, continuing a six-year slide for Foxwoods and a four-year slide for Mohegan Sun. Read the report below. CT casinos’ slot revenue short again… Read more

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Public Agency Acts as Casino Debt Collector in Nevada

The taxpayers of Nevada are funding efforts to collect debts for the state’s casino industry. According to this recent Las Vegas Sun column, this is the only state in the country where this occurs. Casinos make a practice of giving… Read more

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Casino Companies Send Workers Home Due to Fear of Tax Increase

On Wednesday, the predatory gambling industry halted construction of 2 casinos in Ohio after the state legislature proposed increasing taxes on them. After already spending $200 million dollars on the projects, executives at Rock Gaming and Caesars Entertainment sent hundreds… Read more

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The first question every legislator and member of the media needs to investigate and answer about predatory gambling

The Florida Legislature is holding a “Discussion on Gambling in Florida” in the state capitol this morning. These information gathering sessions are almost always dominated by predatory gambling interests. To help intensify the spotlight on casinos and lotteries, we shared… Read more

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Ohio taxpayers are only beginning to see the bill for their state’s predatory gambling program

Alexander Coolidge of The Cincinnati Inquirer has an excellent news story about how the state revenues from proposed Ohio casinos will be 40% less than what the casino interests promised during their unprecedented $60 million campaign in 2009 to amend… Read more

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Garden State Needs to Bury “Casino Reform” Bill

Wall Street ratings company Moody’s Investors Service said yesterday the New Jersey’s Legislature’s fast-tracked proposal to help Atlantic City’s casinos would add up to a “zero-sum game” because predatory gambling revenue would simply go “in one pocket and out the other.” The government… Read more

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Leaderless in Illinois

Predatory gambling profits in Illinois are in a free fall. The state already has an aggressive state Lottery, nine casinos (a tenth is on the way) and recently passed a proposal to turn bars and restaurants across the state into… Read more

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Rendell’s something-for-nothing scheme leaves Pennsylvania in a fiscal mess

Outgoing Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s primary legacy will be the introduction of casinos across the state. To sell his predatory gambling plan politically, he tied it to “tax relief.” So what does the future look like for the state’s taxpayers… Read more

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Missouri casino revenue is not going to fund education as promised

To help pass casino and lottery legislation, predatory gambling interests run PR campaigns promoting how their profits will benefit the public yet in the end, it seldom ever happens. In Missouri, they promised their profits would go to fund education… Read more

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Stupid Policy Leads to Stupid Behavior

A story out of Pennsylvania today describes a new legislative effort to punish parents who go to area casinos and leave behind their children in the car. The push comes after there were seven cases involving 12 children left in… Read more

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Sooners are getting swindled

In a news story that reads like a press release written by casino interests, The Oklahoman reports that state revenues from Indian gambling have soared in recent years, largely due to the success of casinos operated by the Chickasaw, Choctaw… Read more

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Casinos put people on welfare and profit from welfare

California casinos continue to reel from news reports that the state’s casinos are profiting from the gambling losses of welfare recipients using taxpayer-funded debit cards. How did the casinos respond? They expressed surprise that the ATMs can be used by… Read more

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A huge ripoff even by the standards of a business based on ripoffs

The Baltimore Sun reports Maryland state government agreed this week to pay nearly $50 million to buy about 1,000 slot machines for the planned Cecil County casino. Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, a longtime leader against the government program of predatory… Read more

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The state lottery business plan in its full glory

The California Lottery announced yesterday it is increasing the prize pool for the scratch tickets it sells to increase its profits. Higher prize pool (i.e. payout percentage) = more people win = more people put their winnings back into scratch… Read more

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The reality of how much public funding actually comes from lotteries

Rachel Norton, a San Francisco School Board member, recently wrote an excellent post on why the Lottery has failed as a public policy: “…I was chagrined to read in the PAC/PPS report that more than a few people are still… Read more

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A republic if you can keep it

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia on September 18, 1787, a woman asked Benjamin Franklin as he emerged from the long task now finished: “Well Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic… Read more

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Pennsylvania State Senator acknowledges casinos are predatory

Pennsylvania citizens opposed to predatory gambling have been working hard to defeat legislative efforts that would allow casinos in their state to extend credit to gamblers. The Philadelphia Inquirer has a report here. Predatory gambling opponents visited the West Philadelphia… Read more

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The Oregon Lottery is addicted to addicted gamblers

According to a news report by The Oregonian, a major newspaper in the state, more than half the money the Oregon Lottery collects from video gambling — about $375 million last year — comes from a small number of Oregonians,… Read more

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Saving what was supposed to be the savior?

When casinos were legalized in Gary, Indiana, they were supposed to “save Gary.” Now, there are five casinos that stretch for 30 miles. Yet in a story that has been repeated over and over again across America, the casinos have… Read more

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