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February 11, 2008


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Sure Northern Kentucky favors Casinos.

That is where the high rollers are, especially Mr. Joe Yung.

It is understandable the Casino Issue will doe well in THE CITIES. But there is a lot more to Kentucky than, THE CITY.


JAS I wonder if the people who answered in that poll know both the pros & cons casinos do for the residents? I doubt it. This administration and this blog seem to go to great lengths in keeping the "cons" of casinos from the people.

Thanks for all the information YOU are providing JAS ... you are a truly a good man! Yes, it would be great to have a ton of money from casinos but NOT at the social cost to the "people" of this great state.

Check out the comments to Dr. Rick on the other article in this blog.


WE will see if THE PEOPLE WANT IT.

I don't think so, . . . but we will see and especially we will know more when the Governors proposal is unveiled on Thursday.

When you read the proposal see what percent that KEEP WANTS NOW. The KEEP original asked for 64% go to KEEP.

Then, Brer Jones and KEEP later revised that, after polling and a hateful push back by those that were offended by the magnitude of this greed.

Who is Mr. Joe Yung? That proves how little you actually know about this issue.

Stop praising yourself JAS. Its cheesy!

Thank you, I can see you too have the BLINDERS ON and can only see straight ahead.

But, look over your shoulder, there is an ARMY OF KENTUCKY CITIZENS THAT WILL. . .



Why is that you post SNIDE REMARKS on this blog and NEVER POST ANYTHING OF SUBSTANCE?





JAS I wonder if the people who answered in that poll know both the pros & cons casinos do for the residents?

I guarantee you the other side had no exposure to the OTHER SIDE OF issue, only the gold flows at those kind of CHAMBER MEETINGS.

Financing Government, thru gambling, is POOR PUBLIC POLICY.

Wow JAS Insult all Vets Smooth Move. Anyhow, I never met a person who disregarded actual US Census Bureau Statistics. Be as it may Nevada Beats Kentucky hands down as it currently stands percentage wise on higher education attained by population. You keep blaming poor investments and bad parenting on gambling. Hey it does not add up. You disregard that the Democrats of Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, NEVADA, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Rhode Island love the Casinos for the number of created jobs and the amount of tax dollars generated. Leave your Bible of Statistics at home, this is an economic issue not an oppressive moral dictatorship. Kentuckians will eventually vote for Casinos no matter how much you cry, no matter how hard you pray. Heck even when the Roman Soldiers gambled over the garments of Jesus they came away happy with the goods. You can quote all the pseudo-scientific studies you want. Money talks, crap walks.

Casinos: The Effects of Casinos - Direct Government Revenue
From Commercial Casinos

According to the AGA study 2004 State of the States, commercial casinos generated tax revenues of $4.32 billion in 2003, up from $4 billion in 2002. Nevada generated the greatest tax revenue in 2003 ($776.5 million), followed by Illinois ($719.9 million) and Indiana ($702.7 million). Racetrack casinos generated tax revenues of $765.6 million in 2003, up from $718 million in 2002.

According to a 2003 AGA survey, 70% of Americans believe that legalized casino gambling is a good way to generate local and state revenues without having a general tax increase. However, respondents seemed uncertain as to where those gaming tax revenues go. Only 58% of those polled agreed that such revenues have helped pay for local roads, schools, hospitals, and other projects.

Gaming revenue taxes can be a substantial portion of a state's revenue. In Nevada in fiscal year 2003, gaming taxes and the casino entertainment tax accounted for 37% of the state's total budget. In July 2003 the Las Vegas Sun estimated that the gaming industry actually contributes 50% of the state's budget, when associated property and commercial taxes are considered ("Gaming Takes It on Chin During Session," by Jeff Gorman, July 5, 2003). Nevada legislators increased the maximum gaming tax rate from 6.25% to 6.75% during 2003, the first increase in years. The move was driven by a severe state budget crisis.

During 2002 and 2003 the state of Illinois raised gaming taxes on its casinos in an effort to ease state budget woes. The AGA complained that the increase caused the casinos to raise prices, lay off employees, and limit their capital investments, thus hurting the industry in the long term. Legislators in other casino states are increasingly considering raising gaming taxes to ease their budget problems.

According to statistics published on the Web site of the Mississippi Gaming Association (www.mississippigaming.org) the state's casino industry contributes about 10% of the state's total budget. In Mississippi in 2001, gaming revenue taxes were greater than the combined corporate taxes paid by all other corporations in the state.

According to statistics provided by the Mississippi Gaming Commission (www.mgc.state.ms.us), the number of people receiving food stamps in Tunica County dropped 56% between June 1992, when the first casinos opened there, and August 1997, while the assessed value of personal property rose from $16 million to $566 million. The tax rate dropped from 11.4 cents per $1,000 assessed value to 4.2 cents per $1,000. The county improved its roads and sewers and built new schools and a medical center.

From Native American Casinos

As described in Chapter 5, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act requires that net revenues from tribal gaming be used in five general areas:

To fund tribal government operations or programs
To provide for the general welfare of the tribe and its members
To promote tribal economic development
To donate to charitable organizations
To help fund operations of local government agencies
Figure 6.1 shows the tribal government services funded by tribal casinos during 2003. This breakdown was compiled by the NIGA based on a survey of its member tribes.

The revenues earned by tribal casinos are not taxable, because the casinos are operated by tribal governments. Just as the federal government does not tax the states for revenue earned from lottery tickets, the federal government does not tax tribal governments for revenue earned from casinos. Therefore, tribal casinos generate less tax revenue than commercial casinos. Tribe members who live on the reservation and are employed at tribal enterprises (such as casinos) are not subject to state income taxes. On the other hand, tribe members do pay federal income tax, FICA, and social security taxes on their wages, even if earned at tribal enterprises. Wages paid to tribe members living off-site and to nontribe employees are subject to state income taxes.


The NIGA says that tribal casinos and associated business generated $4.7 billion in federal taxes during 2003. This includes employer and employee Social Security taxes, personal and corporate income taxes, and excise taxes. Indian Gaming: Final Impact Analysis estimates that jobs created by tribal casinos reduced federal unemployment and welfare payments by $1.2 billion during 2003.

According to the NIGA report Indian Gaming: Final Impact Analysis, tribal governments spent more than $200 million during 2003 on casino regulatory costs. They gave another $50 million to their home states and $9 million to the NIGC to offset oversight expenses. The report also notes that tribal casinos and associated businesses paid $1.6 billion to state governments during 2003 and $100 million to local governments.

Dr. Rick,

Thank you for your expression. One can see your main interest in life is MONEY and what MONEY will acquire for you. I wish you happiness with it.

That is not my life, nor do I believe it is the life of most Kentucky Citizens. After all the affluent are in the minority, but have the most power.

Your quotes all have $$$ signs in front of them, with no recognition of any possible social problems that have developed in all those states you listed. You infer I make religious statements to back up my post.

From the very beginning I have posted I am posting about THE HUMAN SIDE of this issue of Casinos.

Jim Anderson Stivers
Frankfort, KY.

I don't think the majority of the informed bloggers on this blog would agree with your reasoning's that MONEY CURES ALL ILLS.


As I have stated in the past: I could care less if Kentucky lets in the Casinos. The citizens of Kentucky can gamble at the race track, at hre bingo parlor, the Lottery outlets, and on line any where in the world. You keep ignoring the positives of tax dollars which could provide free health care for all Kentucky Citizens, yourself included. You live in Frankfort, tell the SOBs to spend money on "OUR FUTURE". Kentucky is two hundred years behind because of the tyrants that sit in Frankfort and refuse to invest in the future. I am all about jobs and tax revenues, yes my whole life. You see the glass of wine as half empty, the Governor sees the glass of wine as half full. Damn, as a taxpayer (Realist) I say Damn It, I paid for a full Glass Of Wine Top Me Off. Gambling has been here in Kentucky since Day One. If Casinos are to be, let them be. Put your efforts into improving the conditions for all Kentuckians. Those that are mentally impaired due to DNA , bad parenting and deficient public education, so be it. You can not blame this on gambling, these issues will always remain. You post the classic Psychological Defenses of the insecure male: Denial, Blame, Minimization, Justification, focus shift, victimization and Penis Envy. You can let Casinos pay now, or you can pay a whole lot later. When it gets to high I will farm in another state, here in the USA or Canada and Mexico. I will follow the real jobs that pay real money in the global economy. My name is Legion for we are many.

Of course it is about economics. But the economics of supporting public policy thru gambling is bad public policy, IMO.

I do care where the money comes from and how equally it is divided. (Yeah, sure equal).

My opposition to the question of Casino Gaming is not in the interest of money or religion.

It is about the responsibility of the Goverment to serve and protect its citizens.

That may seem like a "cloud nine" to you, but I guess I am undereducated or excessively moral.

One economic factor that I would ask you DR. Rick, to consider and this is taken from public domain.

The state of Maryland is treating 58,000 compulsive gamblers. Reports from Maryland say the cost of this treatment is One Billion dollars.

People understand now, the huge 500M figure thrown out by KEEP, was a marketing tool for the Casino Issue. Later, that amount, by our own LRC, was proven to be lower, about 200M

So if we are to improve the economic conditions of our citizens and protect them, then it is the Governments Responsibility to look out for the citizens and not business.

One thing that will be lost, if the national stats are correct, if Casino Gambling comes to Kentucky, within five years, Kentucky will need to have Psychology treatment for 66,000 Kentucky citizens.

And, many of them don't even realize it is coming!

And, we both know, Dr. Rick, that is not true. Mine is a human issue and that is all.

And, if those that oppose are buried by GAMBLING AND RACE HORSE MONEY, we can say, at least "WE TRIED."

And the thing about is, those that placed this burden on the back of the lesser economics scale, will feel no hardship, no pain, but it will exist. That troubles me, Dr. It troubles me greatly.

"I just wanna say!"
Jim Anderson Stivers

Yes, business is very important, but what is life with out HOPE.

As defined by the American Psychiatric Association. Pathological Gambling is an Impulse Control Disorder (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) that is both chronic and progressive mental illness due to bio-chemical imbalance.

In most cases pathological gamblers have lower levels of Norepinephrine than normal individuals. Norepinephrine is secreted under stress, arousal, thrill, fight or flight confrontation, so pathological gamblers gamble to make up for their under-dosage. People suffering from Obsessive Compulsive Disorders will do what it takes to get the “rush”. Abuse is also common in homes where pathological gambling is present. Growing up in such a situation may lead to improper emotional development and an increased risk of falling prey to problem gambling behaviors.

The treatment of Pathological Gambling is simple. Dopamine Agonists, in particular Pramipexole (Mirapex) have cured many individuals from compulsive gambling and other Obsessive-Compulsive Disorders. Paroxetine is very efficient in the treatment of pathological gambling. Additionally, for patients suffering from both pathological gambling and a comorbid bipolar spectrum condition, the sustained release lithium has shown excellent results. The Opiate Antagonist drug Nalmefene has also successfully cured compulsive gambling behaviors. The US FDA has yet to approve any of these medications for the treatment of pathological gambling.

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