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skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:32:07 AM

A proposal to allow casinos - in place of tolls - to fund transportation projects in Hampton Roads squeezed by a Senate subcommittee meeting this week and will get a full hearing Monday afternoon
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bston
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 5:20:44 PM

It probably won't work out that way!
DanMtz
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:32:49 AM

The justification being that people who go to casinos generally drive there?
MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:08:08 AM

Are there enough Indians in Virginia to operate the new casinos?
blupupher
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 8:27:52 AM

ok
NedW
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:32:24 PM

More brilliance at the gov. level.
andy1024
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:28:49 PM

Sounds like a good idea. Those who go to casinos don't seem to mind losing money. So just lose some to the government.
CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:00:32 PM

Fools rush in, where wise men never go. So, go ahead; lose your cash at the casino(s).
esq262
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:45:02 PM

Interesting.
eschroth442
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:33:18 PM

yea tax a small "sin" group that can't mount a largwe voice, that's the political way now
dodsworth
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:01:06 PM

Lots of money there, but there's got to be a better way, don't you think?!
sillywagon
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:16:12 PM

Casinos? Well it's better than tolls and taxes. Why stop at casinos? Why not also have legal prostitution to fund roads and bridges?

I am libertarian on some issues.
MadFueler
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 8:29:02 PM

I tend to agree with hornet17 about the problems associated with using gambling as a revenue source, because it relies on people to do dumb things on a mass level in order to be viable. When people do the math and get smart (as well as recover from their gambling addictions), then the revenue would dry up.

Okay, so it's only a theory, and it seems that the gambling industry is in no danger of going belly-up; but just because "it works" doesn't mean that government should be involved in taking money from people who mostly can't afford it (gambling tends to be highly regressive) and getting them hooked on something attractive but unproductive that lures them in with promises/perceptions of "something for nothing" while the odds always favor the house. Granted, there are some who can stop after a certain budget they've set aside for it to whom it's just recreation - but the risk is just too great.
mpg611
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 8:03:00 PM

Build good casinos each with different themes, as well as plenty of gaming options, restaurants, shops and so on. That will give Virginia more options for tourists. More tourists, more money.
rbrk02
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:53:57 PM

Not a bad idea.
Vette1967
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:06:31 PM

A nice way to fund your tax base.
Night Owl
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 3:55:28 PM

Very interesting.
07skydriver
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 3:46:12 PM

Throw in free beer and you've got a deal.
BUSMAN1105
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 2:53:29 PM

SOUNDS GREAT TO ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
BigRedVTX
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 1:14:24 PM

Not a bad idea providing that they don't offer too big a tax break to the Casinos. This would be a well placed use tax if accepted and takes some of the burden from the commuter
In another article, we note that tolls do not pay for roads "per se".
knutzAL
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 12:56:26 PM

what?
MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 12:53:52 PM

I wish we had casinos in Texas.
ErnieK9LO
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:42:18 AM

They use the lottery why not casinos.Minot, ND is at $3.09 a gallon for gasoline. 25 miles to the south gasoline is $2.99 a gallon, Minot needs to drop another 10 cents a gallon!!! This will make them the same as Bismarck which the prices usually match.
wrunner
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:36:31 AM

Gambling to repair or build roads is novel idea, but an idea full of risks.
gcalleja
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:36:12 AM

This is a legislated bribe to the state.
doctorindyj
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:16:03 AM

And I remember a time when only mobsters ran casinos. What's next government sponsored brothels? Oh wait, they did try that already.
mitt4prez
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:14:21 AM

What a gimmick.
lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:03:57 AM

Just set up slots at the toll booths and eliminate the middle man, probably would increase traffic...
bcline909
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 11:00:02 AM

see if it works
endymion
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:51:40 AM

Certainly a different way of funding government projects...
MrDeath666
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:51:30 AM

Smart politicians? I just can't believe it!
joekool1
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:46:32 AM

i like it
skinsfan125
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:40:07 AM

somebody please help us!!!!
hornet17
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:33:08 AM

Other than gambling addictions, money laundering, loan sharking and a host of other crimes, what harm can be done by this? ;)
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