Governors across America are hoping Congress and President-elect Barack Obama put together a federal New York has a $15.3 billion budget gap, and Paterson has proposed budget cuts in education and health care. Also on the call will be Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle and .Massachusetts and Ohio maybe, but New York, Wisconsin and New Jersey? No, they can't possibly be facing budget gaps. that will help their states. Gov. David Paterson and a number of other governors will be on a conference call this afternoon to talk about their needs.
Because they have casinos. Lots of them.
Wisconsin, in fact, as about a bazillion casinos, mostly small, with a Statewide total of 14,000 'gaming machines'. No need for any economic stimulation there.
New York is also awash in casinos - including Indian casinos - with 15,000 'gaming machines' and a legal gambling age (except for the Seneca casinos) of 18. How can they be hurting?
And New Jersey? You have to be kidding me! They sold a whole city to the dark side just to collect 'gaming' revenue from it - and now they're saying they can't balance a budget?? With 43,000 slot machines?? Not to mention the fact that they just lifted a smoking ban to bring in more gamblers!
So what are these governors trying to imply with this conference call - that 'gaming' and casinos and slot machines aren't bringing home the bacon and frying it up in a pan?
It can't be! Why just last year, at the State House casino hearings - that's all I heard for hours on end - what big fat lucrative economic saviours these 'gaming machines' are.
So, maybe someone could explain to me how New York, New Jersey and Wisconsin now find themselves in a hole they can't plug up with a wad of those magic gambling greenbacks which supposedly fall like manna from heaven whenever you plug in a slot machine, legalize gambling and use the revenue to shore up a State budget.