Never A Sure Bet
Publication Date: October 2009
Publisher(s): National Institute on Money in State Politics (U.S.)
Author(s): Anne Bauer
Keywords: dog racing; slots; gambling; ballot measure
Coverage: Oregon Ohio Massachusetts Maine Alaska Alaska Missouri Maryland Colorado California
As the country's economists debated what to call the economic downturn, in 2008 nine states debated whether to replace declining revenues with money from gamblers. The stakes were high. Opponents foresaw high societal costs and were skeptical about economic benefits, while gambling proponents spread around big dollars and promised more--often earmarked for education--for little effort.