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Income tax increases approved in 2011 expired at the end of last year, cutting state revenue by a projected 18 percent. Democrats are insisting on raising taxes to close the gap, while the republican Governor says he’ll consider approving tax hikes in return for reforms that would limit the bargaining power of public-employee unions. The result is a stand-off on the budget that limits lottery prize-payouts and impacts many state services which depend on funding that is not available until the state approves a budget.
Whereas the original RAWA would have enacted a blanket ban in the US against online gambling, the RAWA Lite version would instead institute a “moratorium,” attempting to forbid more US states from legalizing and regulating online gambling while more studies are done. Exactly what the studies are supposed to accomplish that’s different than those that already exist isn’t quite clear; online gambling is increasingly understood to be a non-cannibalising form of gambling that can complement existing land-based venues. But the Adelson camp doesn’t want to hear about that research; they want to fund their own, control the results through leading questions and assumptive findings, then reshape the argument in Congress.
The Center for Freedom and Prosperity led a coalition of interest groups in sending a letter to Congress opposing the Restoration of America’s Wire Act (RAWA), legislation that would ban online gambling in the United States. “RAWA is an outright assault on federalism. The legislation tramples on the Tenth Amendment by banning state regulation of online gambling – further chipping away at the balance between state and federal governance. The bill would overturn state laws already on the books in three states and would prohibit states from selling lottery tickets online for their own constituents – rolling back at least another six state laws.”
PGRI Note: Like many articles that we post, this article advocates for opening up of the markets to multiple operators, especially in the online space. This position is not consistent with the preservation of the monopoly model that has served government lottery operators for so many years. We post these articles not because we agree with their bias, but because in spite of the bias, they are still a resource of information and news.
“Gaming in no longer a niche, novel industry but an economic driver in Ohio that is providing a path to the middle class in Columbus, Cleveland, Cincinnati and beyond,” said Geoff Freeman, president and chief executive officer of the association. “We encourage presidential candidates to get to know the gaming industry as they seek votes from thousands of Ohioans whose jobs depend on casinos.”

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