Is Indiana addicted to gambling?

December 4, 2007
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Indiana relies heavily on gambling to fund state and local government. Nearly $1 billion is generated for government by riverboats, the lottery, and taxes on parimutuel wagering and charity gaming.

Just how long the state will be able to keep the dollars rolling in another question.

Illinois lawmakers are considering adding more casinos in the Chicago area. Kentucky governor-elect Steve Beshear campaigned on a platform that included calling on its legislature to legalize gambling and open its own casinos.

If neighboring states ratchet up the competition, will Indiana be forced to cut costs and raise taxes?
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  • Our state representatives should push to close these establishments on Sunday. It's God's law and it's timeless. Sunday should be spent going to church and spending time with family. People should not be spending their Sundays in a casino regardless of which state runs them. How can our representatives be so obsessed with prayer every day and then allow this to continue.
  • Yes we are addicted.

    Yes Indiana has saturated our border towns with gambling to get out of state tourism and tax revenue.

    Yes Indiana has bailed out failing horse tracks by granting two new casino licenses in the states heartland targeted at hoosiers. (Bringing the total to 11)

    Yes State casino revenue has been used as a slush fund for political special interests and a solution for short term problems with no long term vision or investment for the day the golden goose quits laying eggs.
  • Gambling is bad... all the way around. Religion has nothing to do with it. In fact, religion has already caused enough problems in this world, so keep your god/gods to yourself, thank you very much!

    I was never in favor of gambling being legalized in the state period! The lottery alone causes headaches at the quickie mart as it is. Being a non-gambler, it really annoys me that people decide to play right at the checkout, with no regard for those of us who choose not to pay stupidity tax!

    It is an addiction becoming worse than smoking and worse than alcoholism. If my tax dollars go to help a gambler quit, then it's money well-spent. Even better money spent would be to go towards things that gambling revenue now pays for and shut those casinos and lottery games down!

    If you want to gamble, try politics or Vegas!
  • Mark:
    The blue laws are the only remaining thing holding the moral fabric of this country together. Indiana will never allow automobile and liquor sales on Sundays. And, Indiana will never allow a full fledged casino in the central Indiana area. Casinos should be banned from the state. They have always been a source of crime. Good old fashioned work and honest tax paying would solve all of our problems without fast money. Six days of work and a day of rest. Fast money is trouble money.
  • I noticed my comments were removed from this site.

    IBJ will get my cancellation notice tomorrow
  • Mark, your comments were deleted because the name-calling and graphic profanity weren't consistent with the conversation IBJ wants to encourage with this blog.
  • Indiana is addicted to gambling. These new competitors are going to make a big dent in the revenue generated by casinos. There are too many river boats. We should raise taxes now to prevent a gap when they all go out of business,
  • Indiana really needs to get ahead of the curve on this. We need land based casinos in Indy and soon!
  • Do any of you even know what you are talking about? Are these opinions based on facts that were available to you or are you just making wild thoughtless remarks based on personal preference and what you have heard some one else saying.

    Come on people get your head out of the sand you can remove the word casino and replace it with hundreds of other things that people do. As with everything in life moderation and responsibility are key.

    Stop blaming the game and place it where it should be, with the player.
  • What happens in Vegas, should stay in vagas. Casinos should stay in Vegas.

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  2. way to much breweries being built in indianapolis. its going to be saturated market, if not already. when is enough, enough??

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