BUDGET DEFICIT. WANNA BET?

On our 5:30 newscast this evening, I read a nice little story about “Problem Gambling Awareness Week.”   Something about Connecticut lawmakers targeting teenagers before they can gamble legally.  Nice.

Except that earlier in the day, I read a story about a proposal in the legislature to create a big payoff lottery game to raise money to close the budget deficit.

The Lotto lineup

The Lotto lineup

And on the way to work, I heard a radio report that Massachusetts wants to get three slots parlors up and running for the same reason.  It has the support of Gov. Deval Patrick.  

What did we do before we legalized the lotteries and the casinos?  And where would we be without the income from them? 

It’s not my place to support gambling or rail against it.  But it seems that every time we get into trouble in a bad economy, we turn to gambling revenue for a quick fix. 

Just don’t tell the kids, OK?

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About Gerry

I've been covering Connecticut news and sports since 1974. I know, I don't look that old.
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5 Responses to BUDGET DEFICIT. WANNA BET?

  1. Ken says:

    Hi, Gerry

    See this is proof that some reads your links on Facebook. I want to commend you for pointing a light to a source of revenue that we should not be proud of. I am upset every time I hear the numerous ads to play Lotto on the media. That is my taxes used for advertising something that does a reverse Robin Hood thing. NOT HAPPY!

    Ken

  2. April & Lew says:

    It is nice to see the Brooks File has been resurrected. It still amazes me with all the contradictions in politics and how values change based on self-interest. I suppose that’s how you’ll continue to get fodder for the File.

  3. Jerry says:

    “But it seems that every time we get into trouble in a bad economy, we turn to gambling revenue for a quick fix.”

    As far as I’m concerned, wonderful. Especially if it means my taxes won’t go up, because I won’t waste my money on gambling, or lotterys.

    Unfortunately, what it truly amounts to is a tax on the poor.
    Those who are willing to hitch their dreams to unrealistic expectations of a big winning.

  4. Gerry says:

    Thank you for 3 excellent comments.

    FYI…I recently started posting the blog on Facebook, but it is written for NBC30’s web site, http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/

    (Well actually, it’s written for daily therapy and my own amusement, but you get the idea.)

  5. hendu says:

    Amen on the daily therapy!!!

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