Conservatively Speaking

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.

Because we just don't have enough casino gambling



has enough gambling. That is what voters decided during April of 1993 in a constitutional amendment. Voters believed that the gambling horse that was out of the barn at least had a lasso around it. That was until the summer of 2006.

July 14, 2006, the Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled the 1993 constitutional amendment did not apply to tribal casinos. I immediately predicted an explosion of gambling in WisconsinTake a look at how the Potawatomi Bingo Casino is doing. 

Could there be another huge expansion?

The Wall Street Journal 
is reporting, “The Obama administration may make it easier for Indian tribes to build casinos on land far from their reservations, a move likely to spur a wave of new casino development.  Many tribes, struggling with high unemployment and poverty on their reservations, are looking to casinos for jobs and other economic benefits….have-not tribes are hoping the Obama administration will view casino development as a cheap way to stimulate the economy without tax dollars.”

Allowing tribes to operate casinos at great distances from their reservations would pose problems for commercial casinos suffering from the economy. Of course, those struggling casinos could get a shot in the arm if the states they are located in turn to legalized sports betting. Approving gambling on sports would merely add to the expansion of gaming. 

According to the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau, Indian tribes operate 28 casinos in Wisconsin. Some are almost certain to take advantage of the opportunity to open up shop well off-reservation if granted.

That means more games of chance and even greater
societal costs.

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