Legalize Gambling

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Legalize Gambling in California

People don’t like gambling until they win, and people love money. The government doesn’t like gambling, unless they can tax it. People think of gambling and automatically like a trained gambler think of Las Vegas or Atlantic City. Gambling has been in America’s blood since before we were a country. All thirteen original colonies established lotteries to raise revenue. 48 states today that have legalized some form of gambling and have made billions of dollars. 43% of Nevada’s general fund is fed by gaming-tax revenue, which means casinos pump in $9 billion dollars of revenue annually for the state. California is no stranger to gambling, the Gold Rush set off a gambling boom in San Francisco where it replaced New Orleans as the center for gambling in the United States at that time. California must legalize gambling to raise revenue for its state deficit and to put that money back into its communities. California has always set new standards and exceeds expectations with its impractical views, but gambling has been left in gold dust. With billions of dollars to be made for the state, legalizing gambling in California and taxing it seems to be a more practical idea than to keep it illegal. With Indian gaming casinos and lotteries already here and flourishing, why wouldn’t California put a few casinos in cities to get itself out of debt? The state and its $19 billion deficit going into fiscal year 2012 needs a solution and a solution fast. The California state Legislature is in Sacramento playing the slots themselves, but the screen does not say bar-bar-bar but cuts-cuts-cuts. Money is won with…...

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