Combined effort could help in attempt to bring gambling to the state
The effort to bring gambling (casinos, slot machines at racetracks) to Texas is being discussed once again as lawmakers continue the legislative session in Austin. But this time, there is a difference and it is one that could help the pro-gambling groups get what they are looking for.
The different groups have butted heads in the past. But they might be coming together to try to get something done. Dan Fick of Texas HORSE says all the groups have the same goal.
“We’re all after the same thing, which is expanding gaming in Texas. Some people have different ideas of how we get there. But we’re all working together. We all believe there are billions of dollars going across our borders to the other states,” Fick explained.
Fick says if the groups can compromise, this might be the year they are successful.
“I think we’ve got a good chance. We’re all working together. We’re open to looking at all potentialities to come up with something that hopefully will work for everybody,” Fick said.
Analyst Bill Miller says the groups finally realize a united front is the best way to go.
“They all recognize that if they are going to be successful they have to work together to resolve any differences,” Miller stated.
Miller says the pro-gambling groups are closer than ever before to getting what they want.
“It can happen. They are headed in the right direction and giving themselves a chance for success,” Miller said.
But not everyone wants to see gambling happen here. Texas Eagle Forum President Cathie Adams is leading that charge.
“We are going to continue to expose the fact that this is a regressive tax on the poor,” Adams explained. “This is not something that the people of Texas want. This is something that the very elite few want.”