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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Bleeding Heartland: No more casinos in Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

Well, well, well. The Newton Speedway didn't miraculously solve that town's problems, so now there is a drive to build a casino next to the racetrack in the name of economic development. Iowa has too many casinos already--20 according to the Des Moines Register article linked above. The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission should say no to this and all other applications for casino licenses in the future. How will a casino in Newton help the community? More likely it will just drain the wallets of locals whose family incomes already took a hit after Maytag shut down. People love talking about the jobs created by casinos, but they don't like talking about the social problems that come along with increased gambling.

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